Grow Up or Grow Young
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is a common question children are asked. Do we question the ramifications to the children's sense of self due to this question? Do we stop and think what does 'growing up' really mean?
The term ‘growing up’ denotes you grow into something, that what you are now in the present moment is lacking, that you haven’t fully evolved. It gives an unsaciable, never ending view that we must ‘grow’ into something. And what are we ‘growing’ into? “What do you want to be when you grow up” is the same question asked to children as “What do you do?” that is asked to adults. What one will be when they grow up is merely a role, a working role that’s part of living in this 3D world. It is not the real us in our true free spirit nature that is child like. Children are free, and it’s through the programming and social constructing that places this burden and label of ‘growing’ up. Growing up = becoming a drone, a slave like robot to the systems, to the working environment. Children are meant to view ‘growing up’ as something exciting and something to look forward to. They view these working roles with child like wonder, wide eyed anticipation of how absolutely marvellous it would be to be a doctor or teacher. We set up our children to be good little consumers; we do not encourage them to just be. We encourage them to "be someone.” To be someone is to be a role that is not their true identity…a consumer, and be a working ant for the rest of their lives.
Growing up states that we are not magnificently whole from the beginning. It is like we are compartmentalized and incomplete until we become the magic number of a grown up age. To 'be'…, it’s not a matter of ‘who’ do you want to ‘be’ it should be…just being, being in our true authentic state of unconditional love and peace. Life is not viewed so much in the way we grow up; it is more what we grow into. On a grander scale, the whole idea of 'who' further perpetrates the idea of the masks of personality or roles that we masquerade in, misguidedly responding as if we are the masks that we wear.
The collective societal belief is that we grow old. People then adhere to this belief system, taking on ‘mature’ tasks such as finding a stable career, buying a home, getting married, having children…the whole time we age, than we die. To some people, not only is this ‘expectation’ seem quite boring, it can be downright scary. How cookie cutter are we? Is this our true nature? How about the souls that see beyond these sometimes quite confining ways? What does society say about them? “You need to ‘grow up.’ " There is that term again! Grow into what? Does grow up equate to growing old just like everyone else? No thanks, I chose another way…to grow young. Yes, I just said grow young. What I mean by this term is I grow into youthfulness, re remembering my true authentic self that is child like: innocent, joyous and free. We can do this by bringing out our inner child. Remember those days? (pause break for a sigh of nostalgia) or does it have to be nostalgic? I invite you, all of you, to take your youth back: grow young. Be childlike, love big, wonder big, gain excitement and what ‘grown ups’ see as trivial. Trust me, nothing is trivial. All is wondrous and grand when life is seen through these eyes. Growing young is having fun…being silly, just being! Being you…whatever that means…you in your authentic self, not carrying the heavy masks that we wear like shackles. I mean just being in our authentic free state. Being silly…acting in carefree manner…skipping down the street just because you ‘feel like it', laughing hysterically because it feels good to, playing childlike games with friends because it makes your heart sing. When was the last time you made your heart a melody? I encourage you all to go make a pumping track for that beautiful heart chakra of yours. It has been closed off with grown up expectations for far too long. Sing until you and your heart becomes the song.
There is a line from the song ‘13 Angels’ by Corrosion of Conformity: “Maybe I’m a life time soldier, never die, and never getting older.” We are lifetime soul soldiers, on a quest to awaken to our enlightenment. We never die, for our souls are infinite. We never grow older, for our soul is continuous; there is no age in soul growth. With this being said, we are constantly rejuvenated through reincarnation, we are growing young. Through rebirth, we are born as a baby; we go back to being an infant, back to unlimited possibility. The limitation in our current paradigm is stifling. Career, house, marriage, children then death…does that sound like limitless potentiality to you? For some, this is the ideal and I pass no judgement for those that wish to adhere to these ‘ideals.’ My point is that there is more to life than merely growing into society’s expectations. There are souls that wish to break these social constructs and grow young. We are entering a new shift in consciousness. This shift of consciousness into a new world will break down these barriers that limit the soul. We are born into this contrived world for the last time, for we are returning to our natural loving childlike state. It’s time. Just be.
~ Angie Mammoliti