There’s many things I love in life and one of them is being an aunt. Not only do I enjoy it, but it’s something that I take seriously as well. When I think about some of my aunts and how they helped take care of me, set me straight when I wasn’t acting right, and always checked in despite being hundreds and even thousands of miles away, I can’t help but draw from those examples now that I’m an aunt myself.
While I’ve got the values and proper manners portion nailed down, I didn’t think she in turn would remind me of a valuable lesson – to just sit back and imagine.
My niece just turned four years old, which I’m still processing because I remember the day she was born SO CLEARLY. And I know everyone says this but I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. So to get glimpses of how she sees the world, especially since her vocabulary is growing by the day, and the interpretation of her imagination is unlike anything I could have imagined. This past weekend she gave me her list of “5 Healthy Foods” which included avocado, salmon, pumpkin seeds, blueberries and water. I’m telling you, without a doubt she has a much better diet than I do.
The excitement of discovery is so pure and genuine, the awe and wonder in her eyes is infectious. To see her imagination in full color is beautiful, even if sometimes I’m left with scrabble face because she lost me in the middle of her story. Somehow there’s a connection between blueberries and unicorns?
To see the world from the eyes of a child is to see it without malice, cynicism, hurt, envy or pain. They see the world not as what it isn’t, but what it is. To see the world from the eyes of a child is to constantly dream and to believe that the possibilities are endless.
My niece has reminded me to take a step back and see the world as how she sees it. That it’s brimming with hope, there’s so much of it that needs to be discovered, and that it’s full of vivid color. I’m reminded to shake off the heaviness and have fun. I’m reminded that life doesn’t need to be complicated. And finally I’m reminded that we live in a really beautiful world.