A Child Lives in Your Soul’s Songbird

There comes a time when a periwinkle sky full of clouds that ripple and undulate like waves becomes a stagnant and dull slate. When the celebration of a birthday no longer brings a scream of ecstasy, but the sucker-punch-in-the-gut dread of another year gone and lost. In the beginning, I saw nuisances as opportunities. A pile of pillows fallen on the ground became a castle and a fortress. Lost socks became a treasure hunt, a mystery to solve. They all have since turned into nothing but an inconvenience. When did we start perceiving the world in such a disheartening way?

As children, we view the world through rose-tinted glasses, with fresh, untainted eyes. Over the years, what used to foster imagination are disregarded and overlooked. What used to be the focus of so much joy and passion is now perceived as merely a means to an end. Our T.V. screens are featuring the world in black and white.

Even with this knowledge, it can be unnecessarily difficult to alter one’s lifestyle. Recognizing an issue and actively working to rectify it are two completely different measures. How can we learn to view the world in its beautiful entirety?

Children view the world as an infinite expanse of possibilities. They believe that the smallest of their ideas can be transformed and actualized, they rarely ever discern existence negatively and they absolutely never settle for a futile answer to their perpetual “Why?”s. 

So, learn to be curious and ask questions, yet to perceive life simply, with little cynicism and even less judgment. Start to be more aware of our surroundings and regard everything as a learning experience. Pride and arrogance are what restrict the admission that we truly aren’t completely knowledgeable of everything. Imagination, excitement, and passion for learning are what add color to our lives. Stop focusing on one goal, one detail, and instead view the world without any pursuit. Stop overindulging in false pleasures and appreciate the little things in life. “The world [is] beautiful when looked at in this way — without any seeking, so simple, so childlike.” You truly find pleasure in life when you let go and stop obsessing in searching for that satisfaction and happiness. Set your soul’s songbird free, for that is the only way to undoubtedly find contentment and gratification.

7 thoughts on “A Child Lives in Your Soul’s Songbird

  1. I love how relatable this blog post is, especially for stressed high schoolers; it doesn’t get easier from there. I love how you address how our perspective of the world can change our satisfaction. With your compelling word choices, I would definitely say you shifted my own view of life. I also would like to point out your comment on “pride and arrogance”; I agree that they can be barriers to our achievements as they may provide unrealistic outcomes. Instead, of trying to impress others, or put ourselves at the top, we should “set [our] songbird free,” and find happiness in the little things.


  2. I like the beginning paragraph where you describe how a child can find a mundane object and create something fantastical. You can feel the shift in tone after that, which makes your writing very well done.


  3. I like the way you introduced your post! The imagery of each specific event losing their wonder and transitioning into dullness is excellent. I especially liked how the sky is described. It gives it an enchanting aura that goes in line with your topic.


  4. I really like how you set the mood, the descriptions utilizes nearly all of the five senses, especially appealing to imagery. This makes your piece feel more like reality and sets the reader into the writing!


  5. I really like how you described everything and I loved the part where you talked about how children viewed the world. And your beginning paragraph is so nice to read as you can really see the imagery in your head as you read on.


  6. I really loved the use of descriptions in this. The way it was written created a lovely picture in my head, it was greatly executed. I also enjoyed reading the topic of children and the way they evolve based on how they perceive things. It’s an interesting topic to discuss. I’m thinking that since a child’s developed mind is based on their act of perceiving, will one ever be satisfied with their amount of exploration? Is there ever an end to that?


  7. I love the quality of your writing! Initially, this post stood out to me because of the image of the bird, although as I kept reading I started noticing your descriptions of emotions, specifically sorrow, and the beautiful scenes of nature which you portrayed very well. I also admire your usage of metaphors throughout the blog post, it helps readers create a clear image of the scene you were describing. Upon this, I was wondering what made you choose those specific sources?


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