Getting Back To Childlike Optimism!

Getting Back To Childlike Optimism!

Getting Back To Childlike Optimism!

Being a mother of two, one two-legged human offspring and another four-legged adopted offspring, I am privileged enough to see hopefulness and optimism all around in abundance.

We all know children are amazingly optimistic people; they are firm believers that we need all around us. Interestingly, our four-legged daughter, the golden retriever – Whiskey, is the most optimistic among them. My daughter would still give up sometimes, but Whiskey will never ever give up.

Her favorite food is kept on the table, but she is not allowed to pick it up from there! So what? Whiskey always finds her way through it. Someone else is eating something that she wants a bite; she will sit in front of them with the most innocent face ever and wait patiently for them to get melted with her innocent looks! She will figure out a way to win our hearts, that too without barking… She wants to retrieve the tennis ball from the bushes in the walkway, but no one is allowing her to go! She will silently sit down and refuse to leave from there. She wants her toy to be given to her, she will figure out a way for that.

Isn’t it amazing to see that not only Whiskey but invariably every animal is utterly optimistic naturally? They believe totally in what they need or do. They believe in the generosity of our mother nature, our universe. They never stress upon where will they get their next meal from, where will they get shelter, whether they will be successful or not, whether their family, friends, their masters will like them or not!

For a strict and idealist mother like me it becomes super challenging to handle not one, but two overly optimistic children around. Because NO is for an answer. NO always gets challenged with more ideas, other options, alternatives or negotiations. However, who wanted a mundane motherhood anyway… I love being surrounded by this fierce optimism. It keeps me on my toes, my brain active and creative at all times. It’s a hilarious conversation in the house when these two kiddos start, their “Not taking NO for an answer” rants… One talks in human language, the other wails in doggy language!

However, for us humans, especially the more we grow up we somehow lose this natural behavioral trait of ours. We become so engrossed in mundane things of life that we forget the basics.

Sometimes I wonder, what happens to us adults, as we grow up?

Where does our optimism run away?

Where do our conviction and confidence vanish?

Why do we lose what was naturally ours?

We slowly start getting tamed. We start taking NO for an answer. We give in without even putting up a decent fight! And eventually, it becomes a norm. It becomes ok to be pessimistic and think just NOTHING can happen to us! We are going to stay ever so useless! We choose to stay in our failure, sadness, disappointment, grief etc. forever. We simply stop thinking about options. We become like that horse, which has been blinded by blinders around its eyes… so that it can’t stray. The training we have received since childhood, to be in control, stops us from being optimistic. It stops us from seeing possibilities within challenges… it handicaps us.

It’s high time we get our breakthrough and see things in the new light, do things that make us alive again, that helps us bring the zest for life back. It’s high time to be truly optimistic about life… It’s high time to LIVE LIFE and not just survive!

Srijata Bhatnagar
Srijata

Srijata Bhatnagar is an entrepreneur from Bangalore. She has founded two businesses so far. In her current role, as the Founder CEO of Ridhani – a bespoke work wear brand for women, she leads the marketing, sales, growth and strategy areas of the business. Ridhani helps women find their true Fashion Code and help them bring out their original personality through aSrijata Bhatnagar is an Author, Entrepreneur and Public Speaker. She believes in sharing her life lessons with the others through her writing and speaking. She believes collective learning is always better!custom-made work clothing. She is a Speaker and has been a Judge for Fashion Shows. She has been featured in various medias, have written articles in various newspapers and startup media companies including The Hindu, Deccan Herald, YourStory etc. She has been quoted in various magazines. She has spoken in colleges, business summits and seminars. She mentors other budding entrepreneurs in strategizing their business. She is also an author of an upcoming book, which is yet to be titled. She loves interacting with people and nurturing entrepreneurial zeal in young minds. She believes in the power of idea. She believes if an idea has a strong backing of a story and pain point, it could turn out to be a path breaking idea. When not working, she can be found traveling, interacting with strangers to build life long meaningful relationships or relaxing at home with her human and dog daughters.

2 Comments

Aparna Posted on6:51 am - Feb 1, 2018

Takes you back in time, right to our childhood when things were so easy.

Srijata Bhatnagar
Srijata Posted on3:29 am - Feb 7, 2018

Childhood comes with an expiry date, but keeping the child alive within us is completely in our hands. It’s us who complicate simple things… Key is to keep things simple 🙂

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