Creative Writing

Mysteries from Childhood

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Creative Writing: Childhood

“Mommy, why does the moon follow us wherever we go?”
“Sis, why do stars are visible only at night?”
“Daddy, why can’t I hold the sun with the palm of my hand?”
“Bro, can I reach the heaven someday, when I get older and taller?”

You. Do you remember?

Do you still remember yourself asking these questions, thinking of world as a place of mystery? Like a Christmas present from your mom, waiting to be unwrapped.

I do. 

As a child, we have a never-ending questions waiting to be answered. And as we grow up, little do we know that these questions are answered, one by one. Maybe, that’s one of the reason why children are so eager to grow up. They are in need of knowledge, something that could turn their mysterious world into a world filled with many chances and opportunities.

And as a child, we don’t know how challenging and cruel the world could be when we grow up, making us regret and miss our unforgettable childhood.

When you used to play dolls and cars, now you play the game of life.

When you used to listen to bedtime stories, now you listen to endless rumors about you.

When you used to cry because your playmate took your toys, and now you cry because your partner was robbed and taken away from you.

When you refused to sleep because you aren’t tired yet, now it’s the other way around.

When all of your fears could be swept away with a kiss.

When your dreams and reality were one and the same.

Innocence turns to Guilt.

Joy turns to Misery.

Smile turns to Frown.

Everything has changed. And you wish they didn’t.

Do you still remember?

Playing, and playing, doing everything you want. Not caring about what others may think of you. Until you grew into adolescents. You fell and was forced to live a world filled with restrictions and rules, with so many Do this and Don’t do this. You are restricted to cross the bridge you want to go. Beautiful things are hidden behind the walls and boundaries the cruel world has made for us, for adults. You stopped asking questions, and let the society enter your mind and answer the questions for you, and not even considering what you think of it.

These are things you wish to get back. These are things you thought were gone. But they didn’t, because these childhood memories are tucked in the safest corners of our hearts, living and forever will be.

Children, enjoy your childhood when you still can, treasure them for these memories would be the precious possession you could have when you grow up. Don’t worry about the future, because the day you fret about you in the future is the day you will have to left your childhood behind. Leaving it behind, replacing them with what you thought is a beautiful thing but in fact, an illusion. Go on, learn, ask questions, and explore the mysterious world. Uncover the mysteries by yourself and consider it an adventure.

Adults, I wish you good luck to the challenges you’re facing and you will have to face anytime soon. Never forget your childhood, the smiles and innocence you used to have. Cherish them, and let them live forever. If by now, you still cannot figure why stars are following you everywhere, research and explore. Just like a child uncovering all the mysteries of life.

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