Monday, April 25, 2011

Flyboy


Seated for launch
London, ON, April 2011
About this photo: Thematic Photographic. Please be seated. You know the rest. Go here. Please. Thank you.
Being seated doesn't universally align with doing nothing. In Noah's case, he'll peg the energy needle no matter how his body is oriented. It's who he is, and it's a joy to watch and absorb - as I so often do when the weather's just right and we hit the park for some well-deserved runaround time.

I remember being similarly boundless when I was his age (oops, that both dates and ages me), and I wish I could teach him to hold onto that attitude as he leaves childhood behind and becomes the man he's destined to become. My word choice - specifically, "attitude" - is deliberate. He can just as easily find himself swinging for the sky when he's a grown man as he is right here. But only if he allows himself to not be dragged down by the shackles of adulthood that so often hold us back from exuberance as we get older.

I believe you can grow up and still keep your child's soul. But you've got to work at it. And you've got to learn to ignore the voices of others that suggest otherwise. May he always know to follow his own voice. And to reach for the sky.

Your turn: Following your own voice. How?

3 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

As a friend told me " if u get that funny niggle in your stomach- act on it'...first thoughts, reactions are usually right.

Michael Manning said...

I intentionally keep the child inside of me alive, Carmi! And of course I relate to the boundless energy of the swing. I had the same approach!

Ankita (Gg) said...

I'm 14 and I already cannot do some of the mad things I used to do. I shudder at the thought of the constraints that will come with adulthood.