I just read an opinion (and Tweeted it, for my Twitter followers) that said: "Children laugh about 300 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 to 20 times a day."
Now, I don't know how accurate that is. I'm sure some would argue against it (there's always someone who will argue about something) - but I think the concept is sound. And sad.
We lose our childlike qualities as we grow older. Now, many of those changes are positive. We become more responsible (at least, those of us worth our salt do;); we mature emotionally (again: some not all); and we gain valuable life experience.
But we lose wonder. We lose joy. We lose the "magic" of life. And somewhere in there, we lose some of our happiness and laughter.
I guess its inevitable. As children, most of us are protected from the harsh realities of the world. Most of us are ushered slowly (and hopefully responsibly) into the difficulties of life. We slowly see the innocence peel away. And then one day - it happens. We're worried about school issues, tax rates, and our cholesterol.
I'm currently walking the line. I balance the checkbook, worry about retirement, have to budget for braces. But I make a conscious effort to hang onto the joys of my youth. I still love my comicbook heroes. I love the feel of riding my bike. I love to lay on the floor and draw with my kids.
I think that the realities of life in this realm will always wear us down. But I'm here to tell you that there ARE reasons to find true joy. Seek and you shall find. Don't know where? Start simply: take time to sit and marvel at the majesty and glory of a magnificent sunrise. Make a conscious effort to find true joy.
(If you have an example of how YOU keep your inner-child alive, please share it below! I'd love to hear them.) http://on.fb.me/16hp7Sd