I stumbled upon this drawing a few days ago in Owen’s room, underneath his bed.
It is a map of the plan he devised with his younger brother, Hayden, during the summer. The two boys wanted to spend the night in a fort I made them in Owen’s walk-in closet. They assumed we’d say “No” to such an adventure. Unfortunately, they kept falling asleep too early to actually execute their plot, so, eventually, they broke down and just asked us if they could do it. To which we agreed–that’s what summer is all about.
I love this drawing. I love the simplicity of the scheme that these two were cooking up: Sneak out of our beds and into the fort. That’s it. It’s that simple. And for children, it is that simple–go from Point A to Point B. They do not complicate their world with all of the subtext that we allow to erode our plans. They do not get bogged down with all of the doubts and insecurities that we allow to undermine our goals and aspirations: This is stupid. It’s not worth it. Why bother, it won’t work out. They just want to get from Point A to Point B.
Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “Yeah, but they don’t live in the REAL world. They haven’t been disappointed enough yet. Time will fix them.” True, it just might. But I would rather flip that. What if we, the grown ups, tried to live in their world a little more? What if we set our sights on a goal and simply went for it? No complicating it with all of our what ifs and buts. Maybe, just maybe, if we focused on the end result of our goals, we’d surround ourselves with more openings than obstacles. Give it a try. You might surprise yourself. In fact, you might find yourself at Point B.