Title: You’re Only Young Twice
Author(s): Ronda Beaman
You worked hard, grew up and found your maturity and wisdom as you became older. What a waste! You were never meant to “grow up” and slog your way to some elusive “destination”.
The author says:
We keep getting smaller, tighter, more critical, and less joyful. Adulthood brings most of responsibility, burdens and seriousness – and a gradual erosion of the individuals we once were. This is de-evolution.
The author argues that the real opportunity of life is to grow young. There is even a term for that – neoteny. Quoting from the book:
Neoteny, plain and simple, states that the human species – in body, spirit, feeling, and conduct – is constructed to grow and develop in ways that emphasize rather than minimize childhood traits.
Neoteny directs us, as individuals and as a species, to amplify our playfulness, creativity, joy, love, work, optimism, laughter and tears, song and dance, wonder, and curiosity; to engage these traits as lifelong habits; and to create a pro-aging experience.
The astonishing truth is this: Nothing less significant than the evolution of our species rests squarely on retaining our neotenous traits. A loving heart does not sanction war. Childlike curiosity creates interest rather than fear. An joy gives intense meaning to each encounter. And adult world balanced by childlike traits would be a better world.
Ready to reclaim the fountain of your youth?