It all started with this tweet:
"At age 4 you were an artist. And at 7 you were a poet. And by the time you were 12, if you had a lemonade stand, you were an entrepreneur. Of course you can do something that matters. I guess I am wondering if you want to. There may be a voice in your head that is ready to announce that you can't possibly do what I am describing. You don't have what it takes, you are not smart enough or trained enough or (sheesh) gifted enough to pull this off. I'd like to ask for a simple clarification: you can't or you don't want to?"
It has happened to me and it has probably happened to you. As we grow older, we stop being curious. We start limiting our thinking and we are no longer artists, poets or entrepreneurs. We put up barriers that prevent us from believing that anything is possible. We begin to believe the lizard brain that is constantly telling us that we won't be able to do it and as a result we stop dreaming. It is easy to believe we can't do it. It is hard to accept that we don't want to do it. We sabotage ourselves.
Kids don't do any of that. They are not afraid of saying things, drawing weird shapes, putting forward crazy ideas. They believe that anything is possible and dreaming is part of their lives. I am not sure about when we stop saying "wouldn't it be cool if..." and start saying "I don't think this is going to work...". I don't really know at what point we stop asking why. I have no clue why we (adults) think we have it all figure out so there is no reason for exploring new possibilities. What I do know is that getting in touch with the inner kid can make all the difference. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all live in a world of possibility?