This week is summer camp week where I work, and it's an absolute blast. Along with directing social media coverage for this massive five-day event that hosts about 420 kids, I'm also tasked with welcoming people as they enter the building in the morning and leave at the end of the day.
At the entrance of the building we have a sound system blasting music as people enter and exit, and I always find it so entertaining watching kids' reactions to what they hear. Within seconds, they start grooving, skipping, and dancing. The music takes their initial excitement about camp and pushes it over the edge into the oblivion of absolute joy.
Then I watch them participating in games without any consideration for what other people think, and they're just so comfortable being themselves.
And then after that, you high-five and talk to these kids, and they speak to you with such honesty and insight, that it can be a bit disarming.
Plus they have so much energy.
I guess it's easy to write off the perspective of kids these days, but weeks like this always remind me that the perspective of a child can be more profound than we tend to think (and as I thought of this today I was reminded of a Freakonomics podcast I listened to a while ago that talks about thinking like a child to solve complex problems).
The point? There are moments when we think like adults too much and we need to dial our thoughts back to the perspective we had when we were kids—the imagination has as kids, the clarity we had as kids, and the hopefulness we had as kids.
So many times we're telling others and ourselves to just grow up, which I think is a good thing to do, but I also think we need to keep the good pieces of our childish perspectives and experiences. Because maybe it could be these perspectives and experiences that could help us arrive at the next innovative solution to a complex problem or create the next work of art that communicates deep insight, clarity, and hope to the world.
Indeed, I'm relearning that there is a great deal of power in the childish perspective.