The quote "the grass is always greener on the other side" has always haunted me. Growing up, I was a content child and yet as I have grown older I have become more aware of the things that I don't have. Why is it that we loose our child-like mindset. We always say, "be mature", but do we really mean what we say? What if we had the mindset of children? What if our maturity took the form of immediate forgiveness. What if it meant that we would completely trust our authorities? What if it meant that everyone could be friends, no matter our race, color, language or social standing?
To be young is more of a blessing than a burden. While we are young we forgive and forget. We make friends simply by smiling or asking to play. We tell the honest truth, sometimes harsh and rude, but nevertheless the truth. As we "mature" we learn to be jealous, to hate, to discriminate and to gossip.
There is always someone who has a better house, car, or technology. We learn to be discontent with our surroundings and look up to the people that we can never be and envy those who have more than we do.
So my question to you is; Is it so bad to be young? Is it so bad to be naive?
Sure this is an unrealistic utopia, but for some reason it comforts me because I realize that there is such a world. The world of young children is simple but ideal, even in all their mistakes. I re-learn the beauty of the innocent, uncorrupted mind and it amazing perception of the world and how it should be.