As adults, we hold on to memories and archive many trinkets and keepsakes to make sure we don’t forget anything. We cling to the past as if it’s trying to leave us.
Children have not lived long enough to understand the passage of time and history; therefore, they have no need to cling to the past.
This lesson in impermanence is a great one. As an artist, I keep all my drawings and sketches even if I don’t like them… what is that about?!? I worry about the archival nature of my art supplies so that any work I make that I do like has a chance of surviving. Why do we hold on to thing so so very much?
A child does not cling on to things in the same way. A kid will make a painting and then happily rip it up. They don’t want you to throw it out but they don’t really think about saving, preserving and archiving it.
The same sense of impermanence is true of street artists who paint their masterpieces on public walls knowing full well that it will be tagged or painted over at any time. What drives people to work so hard for something that is not permanent? But then what is really permanent… life isn’t.
Maybe we’re focusing too much on holding onto the past and we should be focussing more on living right now.
Learn a lesson from the kids in our lives and try to let go of things in the past… don’t worry too much about saving every moment and choose to live in the impermanent now!