“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
A question everyone has been asked at least once in their youth, the younger you are, the stranger your answers, some of us said they want to be firefighters because they’re cool, others wished to become the firetrucks themselves because they’re in the mood and why not? Kids want to know and try everything in their naive innocence but also because they are free from the influence and experience that is real life, some of us adults may play along with them in amusement, some of us may show them a little cynicism they may be too young to understand, both of those because we love them.
The thing is, when do we exactly grow up and turn into adults? I don’t think it is the moment we stop believing in the dreams of those kids, but more when we stop believing in our own dreams we had as kids. It is reasonable to think that we do the right thing by growing up and throwing those dreams away, that by adapting to the cold and unforgiving real life we are doing ourselves a favor, so we do the same to our kids, I mean, the earlier they know the better, right?
On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright were credited with inventing, building, and flying the first successful airplane in the world. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft with the Wright Flyer, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft, the Wright Flyer II followed by the Wright Flyer III. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. 66 years later, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins made history in the spacecraft Apollo 11 by landing on the moon, Neil Armstrong walked on it.
Flying in the air like birds, let alone going to outer space and reaching the moon, were once too childish dreams we needed to grow out of, we all still have those dreams inside of us, we just learned to hide them so that we can all pretend to be real adults who fit into the real life.
Part two soon, about how to try and embrace the inner child in you and its dreams…