As adults, we spend more time teaching and telling than we do learning and listening. One of my favorite blog posts is the Dear Jr High Becca letter I wrote to a younger version of myself. It’s full of things I’ve learned since then and advice I’d give to my younger self. And fair enough I suppose – we’ve learned a lot along our journeys and aren’t the insecure, pimply, sweaty, brace-faced versions we once were.
Maybe there is a Conservation of Knowledge theory out there – that as we grow into our adult selves, we must dismiss and replace pieces of our younger selves. I hope this isn’t true and I hope we can regain some of the curiosity, wonder, and bravery that we had as 8 year olds.
This week’s TEDnesday post is from an ambitious 12 year old, Adora Svitak:
What have you learned from children? Lessons from your own nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, grandbabies, neighbor kiddos?