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Published on June 9th, 2017 | by Jessica Shipton

Don’t Grow Up Too Much

I was sitting on the train on my way to Uni the other morning when a group of people sat in front of me. Two little girls – around six years old and more than likely twins – spending the day out with their grandparents.

I untangled my earphones and listened to music as I looked out the window, watching the same scenery go by as I do four times a week.

An almost two-hour commute to Uni and the same back home makes it long and boring. The same walls and back streets plastered with graffiti. The same construction sites. The same people doing their exercises at the park or swimming lap after lap at the public pool. The same flock of people rushing to get on the train at each station. The same ‘Jesus is the Answer. Read your Bible’ sign plastered on the side of a worn-down building.

Nothing is ever that different. It’s never exciting. It’s routine.

As I gazed out the window, I watched the world go by without really paying much attention to it. My mind was elsewhere. By ‘elsewhere’, I mean thinking about the ten-minute class presentation I had to do in less than an hour. Splendid.

My train of thought (pardon the pun) was quickly interrupted by the two giggling girls sitting in front of me. The pair – much to their grandparent’s dismay – had their noses pressed up against the glass window of the train providing running commentary on what they could see outside.

“Look at the swimming pool! It’s so big and blue!”

“Wow! It would be so cold swimming today, though. Nanny, how are those people swimming? It’s so cold! And look at the puppy there in the park!”

“Aww! It’s so fluffy, and look at its curly tail. It looks so happy!”

These twins saw everything around them in such an amazing way. The lens of sheer awe and wonderment through which they happened to see the world completely perplexed me – in a way that brought a surprising smile to my face. The environment that I deemed to be dull, and the routine that I was adamant was tedious, they somehow managed to see from a completely different angle.

Perspective. Got to love it, right?

They noticed the little things, and more importantly, they appreciated them, too. A completely different perspective to me.

The young man that was running frantically to catch the train, they believed was excited to go to work. The woman walking down the street had pretty flowers on her dress that almost matched the ones in the garden next to her. The grey, overcast sky holding back drops that would more than likely fall as I walked from the station to class, was in fact featuring a bunny-shaped cloud. Every little thing they saw outside was amazing. And the best part? They were looking out the same window as I was.

It made me wonder that while we may see things one way, others can have a completely different outlook. I realized that while I may have grown up and matured, I lost that excitement for life that inherently comes with being a young child. Although I have more responsibilities now, I was becoming disengaged and unobservant to the beauty that constantly surrounds me. It’s there; you just have to look out the window with a different lens.

Rather than realigning my attitude and perspective, I was focusing on the mundane tasks that I had to do. Each day was a routine and I was blatantly missing the little things around me that would bring me happiness. Perhaps we all need to grow up, but not too much.

Those twins taught me something important that morning. Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies; more than often, it’s not. But when you’re six years old and you haven’t a care in the world, you don’t see much else than rainbows and butterflies.

If you’re looking out your window right now and you can’t see things getting better or you feel like you have hit a dead end and life is just one big routine, then readjust your focus – readjust your lens. It won’t change what you’re seeing. It won’t change the situation. But I can assure you that it will change the way you look at it.

Before I knew it, the train pulled into my stop and I gathered my things. For the first time in three years of catching the train, I didn’t actually want to get off. The girls watched me as I stood up and as we made eye contact, I smiled at the two of them.

Little did they know that within that smile was a small thank you.

A thank you for letting me, for even just a brief moment, see the world through the eyes of two beautiful, care-free six-year-olds.

A thank you for not only allowing me to recognize the beauty that lies everywhere around us, but also to appreciate it. A thank you for gratitude in the most innocent of its forms.

A thank you for reminding me that maybe, just maybe, routine doesn’t have to be all that bad – we just have to change the way we see things.

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About the Author

Jessica Shipton is a twenty-year old student finishing her third and final year at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. She is studying a Bachelor of Communication completing a double major in Digital & Social Media and Public Communications (Advertising). Jessica has loved writing ever since she could pick up a pen and enjoys travelling, whether it be on holiday or serving on a mission trip

  • Haven Asnip

    I love this Jessica!

  • This post was so beautiful! Thank you, Jessica for sharing these gift of a fresh perspective on life through the eyes of twin 6 year old little girls. So needed!

  • Bethany Rose (TeenForager)

    “[The beauty is] there; you just have to look out the window with a different lens.” Thank you for this, Jessica! It was a wonderful reminder.

  • This post! It’s wonderful! An important lesson taught in such a captivating way…

  • Andrew B.

    Life in Christ isn’t always easy or always hard. There’s a time for everything, and every time is for God.
    It can be hard to let grace be grace and not taken for granted. It’s everywhere, but it’s necessary to re-focus on it.

  • Grace M.

    Good reminder, Jessica!
    It’s important to remember the little things and to remember that God provides each one of them. Thanks for sharing your heart! <3

  • Amanda Rose

    Great thoughts, Jessica! I’ve been thinking about this recently, how children are so much more likely to notice and take joy in the small things in life than some of us teenagers and adults. I don’t want to lose the wonder and curiosity of a kid as I become an adult. Sometimes we just need a couple of kids to remind us of how amazing this life is. :)

  • This is why I love children so much, to them the world isn’t dark, or bad, it isn’t busy and full of things that we have to do. The world to a child is a beautiful and wonderful place, full with new and exciting things to do each and every day. It really is amazing. Great post!

    • It is incredible, isn’t it! Beautiful perspective on the world in which we are so caught up in routine. Thank you!

  • I love how well written this article is! I’ve been thinking about this myself recently; trying to find more beauty in the ordinary and mundane things in life. It’s definitely a lesson we can learn from the children around us. Thanks for writing this Jessica!

    • Thanks so much Ashley! It’s something so important, yet so easily forgotten!

    • Kira Q.

      I’ve been thinking about it too. There’s something about spending time with younger kids that helps me to appreciate the tiny little things that I wouldn’t see otherwise.

  • Amazing article! I love how you said “Every little thing they saw outside was amazing. And the best part? They were looking out the same window as I was.” It helps us realize how if we keep our focus on God, it changes the way we see everything. Thanks for this. 😀

  • This is such a cute story with great insight!!!

  • cowboyclayt

    Great article! I really liked it! It reminded me that even when things are boring, monotonous, or hard, I can still look at the good side of things. Two thumbs up!

  • Nicole Rivers

    Awesome Article! I reminds me of myself at time thanks!

  • Interesting

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