My son turns one this Thursday. My lil’ Jimmy Neutron. His progress through babyhood, has been astounding. Not from his perspective of course. But mine. I’m amazed at the wonders of curiosity coupled with a taste for adventure and perseverance. He has been a shining example on how you and I should approach life. By being curious. By being bold. By being persistent. By not recognizing criticism. By being appreciative of praises, claps and smiles. By being able to enjoy life with a toothless smile. That’s how we started life and how we should continue doing it.
Remembering How To Be Bold
People tend to forget how dynamic life can be when we are more adventurous with our approaches. I know I’ve lost out a lot in social interactions, because of my lack of boldness to break an ice with a staring human being. You and I probably forget the power of a smile. My Jimmy Neutron has got salesgirls scampering around their shops playing hide and seek, old aunties dancing and jiggling their faces just to capture another impish smile and not forgetting the scores of people chatting him up with their guuguugaagaaa.
Being bold also includes the power of smiling in the face of criticisms and scoldings from anyone. I forgot the number of times, my Jimmy Neutron simply ignores my cries, shrieks and screams with a smile and off he goes to “destroy” another colony of folded clothes. He is so perseveringly bold that these days, I’ve given up on even whimpering at him to stop his acts. I simply let him wreck havoc on his colony, after which I will clean up after he’s satisfied with the utter destruction. Not before he leaves me with a lingering evil smile.
Being bold has also been about smacking my face or his mum’s in the early morning, to wake us with his chirpy “ummmmmmmm” noise. His boldness has never been replied with a scornful cry from the missus and I. In fact, it’s such a welcomed smack on our faces. Because we realize that our morning starts with a gleeful smile. For Jimmy Neutron, it’s just his way of saying “Good morning, Mum and Dad!” Unconventional but it works definitely.
So you see. Boldness has a place in our conformed state of living life.
Boldness does not always have to be equated with being rude, intrusive or aggressive.
My baby taught me that boldness enhances the quality of life. If only we remembered how we used to be bold.