Is there a child within you?

India
May 8, 2007 3:45am CST
Although I have grown 32 years old/young, i find many times that I have a nuance of a childish behavior within me. I crave for things just as a child does. I wonder if this is abnormal behavior, or is the behavior found among many of us?
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13 responses
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
9 May 07
Yes, I think there is and will always will be a child within me. But I don't mean childish behavior. I mean a child that still sees the world innocently and thinks greatly of people, and looks forward to Christmas and marvels at all the new things and places I visit. I think it's important to always be child-like in our actions. Being childish is another different thing.
@smileydew (171)
• India
8 May 07
hai ranjeet i to 35,i find my self behave like child,some time by songs and some time with my wife showing childish mentality means there is a child inside me na,most of the people having that childish mentality but it unable to observe because we express those feelings when we play with kids,so we unable to observe that feelings,but at older age i mean above 60 years maximum we feel alone and we behave like childish mentality so their kids curse them in caring the older people because of their childish mentality i think so,so any time any year in total life of a human being some where else in elder stage we show childish behavior may be because of the surroundings or the situation that we face
@djmarion (4901)
• Philippines
21 Sep 07
i am turning 23 by november but like you i also feel like a child sometimes, i act like a child sometimes. i also have tantrums.lol. well i think its natural.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
21 Sep 07
I most definitely do! My job is very serious and I am always surrounded by serious people so it is great to be able to unleash the child in me when I am away from my work environment! It is therapeutic to not take life so seriously all of the time! You are certainly not abnormal! There is a massive difference between acting like a child and being immature in my opinion. If being like a child means not taking things too seriously, enjoying sweets and chocolate etc and occasionally acting silly then I am all for it!
• United States
21 Sep 07
I think we all have to keep that child like mind. Not for times when we need to be serious. I don't think it is immature to be "childish" at times. As long as it isn't at the wrong times. There is a time to be serious and a time to play. Just remember to never get lost in your "neverland". I know I still love to play video games and stay up late goofying off. It's all natural, friend. :)
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
21 Sep 07
Oh yes, very much..I am not afraid to admit that I still have tantrums and I like it when my husband calls me with my niece's name, he would often tell me I look like my 5 year old niece..LOL and I love playing with kids too.
@youless (98996)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Sep 07
I am also 32 years old. But I still keep a childish heart.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
21 Sep 07
i assure you its not an abnormal behavior! because if it is, then im abnormal too and i refuse to be so! LOL i believe there's a child in all of us even if we grow so old. until our last breath there will always be that child inside of us. i think its a way of surviving tough times that even with the smallest and simplest of things, we find joy in it. like finding joy in eating a chocolate cake or your favorite flavor of ice cream, strolling in a theme park and experiencing all the thrill and fun of all the rides, buying a toy which you have always dreamed of buying when you were still a kid.. all this simple things give simple joy to us.. just last night me and friend were like kids giggling at a huge ballpoint pen we bought on a thrift store. we each had one on different colors and we were contemplating on how to surprise our officemates with it. ^__^;; its really big, as big as a ruler and as fat as a jumbo hotdog. LOL its really cute and we did surprise some of our officemates this morning with it. ^__^
@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I'm still kind of young, so I'd have to say yes, there are times when I want to be a kid again though.
@piropos (312)
• Philippines
22 May 07
If only I could turn back time and really be a child again! Although this is really impossible, there are times that I do wish that I am child once more. But there is a difference between being child like and childish. Being childish means to be a child in an improper way, like throwing tantrums, being a crybaby or anything that a child does which is not acceptable behavior. On the other hand, being childlike is being a child in the proper manner, and this I think is what you mean. Childlike is assuming the attitude of a child in such matters as being trustful, finding it easy to forgive, being happy in small and simple things, etc. There should e a child in all of us because if there is none then we are doomed to destruction. Haven't you noticed that when adults fight, they fight to destroy each other without thinking of reconciliation? But look at children after fighting. Don't they continue to play after a short time? When adults feel that they have been wronged, they think of revenge. Children don't even have those feelings, and even if perhaps, sometimes they do, they don't go to the extent of physically harming others. Without the child in us, then we might as well resign and accept violence as a way of life.
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
22 May 07
To keep the child in yourself means that you have young spirit. But to be infantile in each situation and to give as excuse that you still a child...this is mad. So the truth is that it`s ok if your inside child is still alive, but you must know where to be a child and where -not.
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
22 May 07
Each of us has an inner child that should be let out once in a while. So to answer your question, your behavior is not abnormal. Each should take time let out the child in us. We just get too serious with life that we forget how to laugh and play. Our inner child keeps us in touch with our humanity and with simple things in life that we should take pleasure in.
@Manoj_s (939)
• India
22 May 07
One should be childish in character only his body grows his mind always should be childish .what is the main feature of a childs character he is innocent always he doesnt knwo cruelty he doesnt want to heart any one.he simply knows just to mingle with people with out taking advantage of them .as the yrs progress we tend to listen to our mind go after fame ,possesions and we lose our childish innocence.every body like children and want to play with them Be a child .