Once upon a time there was a boy named Peter Pan, who decided not to grow up.
My boy often cries when we talks about growing up. He turned seven last April. He often said “I don’t want to grow up, I want to stay this way” I never really understood why. This was his explanation. He never wanted to grow up because he didn’t want me to grow older as well. He wants me to stay the same. It made me smile and I gave him a warm bear hug.
Everyone does grow older even though growing up is at a slower pace. Honestly, I still feel like a child inside. I didn’t feel my age. I understand now what older people really meant about staying young within. For me, growing up is when we become aware of our self, our being, our responsibilities and our role in life. Growing up means that you have attained a certain level of maturity. I don’t mind if I grow older but what’s important is if I grew up more everyday -emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This is what growing up means.
Don’t worry about getting those wrinkles. Don’t worry about the gray hair showing up. Worrying takes your time. Use that time to appreciate life. Share happiness with other people. Grow old together with your loved ones and friends. Talk about the naughty things you did when you were younger. Look back and see where you were before and where are you now in this stage in your life. Ask yourself. Have I grown up?
Twenty years from now I will be older. I will begin from this day onward until twenty more years of my life to build up great memories. So that when I look back, I will not talk about the older me but the one who has grown up.