December 31, 2017

It's the last day of what has been a very eventful and strange year, yet I feel both sad and relieved to leave everything behind. The love, the hate, the good and the bad, it's officially captured in that number, 2017. My intention was to get to know myself and my boundaries better. But if I'm completely honest with you, there is still so much about me I have yet to learn and, as a 21-year old woman, I'm still leaning more towards the little girl in me than the woman I am supposed to grow into. And all of this got me thinking, why don't we see the world through a child's eyes anymore? Why don't we take things as they come and accept whatever we cannot change? 

Wonder is the salt of the earth. - M.C. Escher

They say a child's words are often words of truth. Are we then, as adults, telling lies to conceal what is not beautiful or worthy of telling? And just this question is exactly what I intend to do next year. I wish to learn to accept everything and anything that comes into my life, whether beautiful or ugly. I want to see the world through the eyes of the little girl inside of me. That little kid is also alive within you. Don't push him or her away, but awaken your curiosity and naïvety because it is the most wonderful thing. Don't be afraid to show people you're not perfect - neither are they - and go on silly adventures. 

It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream. - Edgar Allen Poe

I need you to do a couple of things as you're reading this post. Take a piece of paper and something to jot a couple of words down with. Write down what it is you loved to do as a kid, what you were dreaming of, what you're still wishfully thinking about, or where you would like to take that kid to. I have always loved to write and I used to be rather silent about this hobby of mine. I wasn't particularly good at it and I was told to study instead of to dream. Society held me in its grip, and I blindly followed its paved road. I studied, became aware of the limits only I was accountable for, started worrying about eating too much or eating too little, the imperfections of my body, the dreams I would never fulfill, etcetera. 

How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you. - Rupi Kaur

To be that child again is to study because I am curious, not because I have to, to eat because I need fuel for my endlessly hyperactive brain, to not care about what I look like or what other people think of me, and to dream bravely. I want to travel, discover, do crazy things and write fantastical novels. To accept yourself is to be free, and to be free is to live. A child doesn't worry about the future, and neither should you. With this being said, I hope to have awoken that sleeping kid within you and I would love to know how you see the new year. Do wild things and live your wildest dreams. Happy new year, friends! Nausikaä xxx

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