I was at a restaurant the other day and they were playing some oldies. Made me want to get up and do the mashed potato. For those who are young, that was a dance from way back when. (See video below) Unfortunately, the next song played was from the disco era. Not my favorite music, but for a moment, I returned to my childhood.
Afterward, it got me wondering, how many of us live in the past? We might have been president of our class and now feel we have nothing more to offer. Maybe you were a football player or cheerleader. It’s okay to relive those glory days, but we can’t stay in the past forever. It keeps us from moving forward. 1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
Unfortunately too many are not willing to let go of their childhoods. Cartoons have become the norm on television in the evening, there are video games, a lifelike baby doll for adults called reborn dolls, and a Hello Kitty airline. Coloring books are even outselling reading novels.
It seems adults are reverting to their pasts instead of facing the future.
As a child you feel entitled, as an adult, you know you are responsible for yourself. We have raised a group of entitled people, and I can’t help but think this childhood play is just one more way of the immaturity coming through in our society.
Too many people these days don’t want the responsibility of being an adult. They still live with their parents, they don’t work at a job that pays them a wage decent enough to live on, if they work at all, and they sit around doing much of nothing. They are fully supported by mom and/or dad.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to get on the floor with my granddaughter and play dolls, dress-up, or pretend we’re having a picnic. But I can’t stay there. Eventually, I have to go home and be a mature adult. Boring as that may seem.
But the country is in trouble when everyone wants to be a kid again.
A child thinks and acts like a child. But when you are grown, you act and think like an adult. Too many people are still childish and immature and fail to realize it’s a setback in their lives. – Amaka Imani Nkosazana – writer
It’s not a bad thing to do childish things at times. It’s a good way to relieve stress. However, when you have generations of people living in these childish ways and think others should take care of them, it can be a scary prospect.
But then who am I to talk? I live in the fantasy world of fiction where no one is real. Maybe to some degree we all want to revert back to our childhoods, to a place where it was safer and where we had no responsibilities.
We just need to be careful not to visit there too long.
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