I have a 12-year old cousin who is shy. (Maybe it runs in the family.) But this morning, I saw his YouTube channel and watched some of his videos. I was blown away by his passion and his confidence in front of the camera. Video is one thing you won’t see me doing. At least, for now.
I also have an eight-year old nephew who dreams of becoming a YouTuber. His my mom and dad (my cousin and her husband) supports him and uploads videos of their family’s activities. You can watch videos of their birthday parties, trying out new restaurants, playing games, going on out-of-town trips, and even just dancing and hopping on the bed.
I was in awe of their uninhibited creativity. But, I’m afraid that, one day, the world will plant seeds of fear, doubt, insecurity, and practicality in them like how the world planted them in us.
Today, we are too afraid, too insecure, too practical or realistic, and too self-doubting to create, to share our ideas, and to contribute our best work. We are too afraid to stand up, to stand out, to be criticized, and to be seen. We are too practical to try things out, to fail, to pursue our passion, and to simply have fun.
Children always learn from us, the adults. But, I hope and pray that being afraid isn’t one of the lessons we teach them.
And maybe we are the ones who need to learn from them. To be creative. To be courageous. To be bold. To be passionate. To be alive.