On life

Forever young and naïve

I often wonder about the choices I’ve made in my life and whether I would have done things differently if I had known how things would turn out. Someone once told me there is a fine line between being brave and being naïve. So maybe, sometimes, it’s better to not know, otherwise we never take any chances. Here’s why I like being young and naïve.

I know it’s pointless to think about these things, because unexpected things happen all the time, both good and bad. That’s part of life’s charm I guess. Plus, not knowing about the bad times upfront makes them a little easier to deal with in my opinion. But sometimes I look back and see myself from above, at a certain point in my life, completely oblivious to what’s about to come. And I feel really, really sad for that girl. I want to warn her, hug her and tell her it’s going to be alright. But what good would that do?

“Be naive and curious. That’s all you need to become a scientist.” ― Abhijit Naskar

Funnily enough, I am a scientist :). I am a curious and at times naïve person. But why is naivety such a bad thing? Perhaps naïve people are actually a lot happier. I see it as a way the universe protects my heart. I like not knowing. I can sometimes sense something is about to happen, or life will go a certain way, but I can never be sure and that thought is soothing to me.

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it” – Rosalia de Castro

What would happen if I already knew? What if I had zero influence on what happens in my life? Not only does that sound really boring, but I don’t think I would get anywhere at all. As hard as life can be sometimes, the hard times make me grow and remind me what’s important. I truly don’t want to know where I’ll be in five years. I have hopes, dreams and wishes, but I don’t know. Anything’s possible and it’s that thought that makes me feel alive.

So maybe it’s not so bad to be naïve. Maybe it’s a blessing. Next time people tell you ‘oh you are so naïve’ you can pat yourself on the back and thank the universe because you’re in a lovely, protected bubble of ignorance. Just look at children. They’re so happy and they’re also so naïve. They don’t know how their lives will turn out and they don’t care. They just live in the moment.

“Hope is for people who can’t see the Truth” ― Jeff Lindsay

I want to keep believing, dreaming, wishing and hoping. I don’t ever want to lose my childish curiosity and excitement about what life will throw at me next. I don’t want to live in dread and be anxious about the future. Please, let me stay naïve for as long as I live and I’ll be able to handle anything. I don’t want the truth. I want to be blissfully, naively happy.

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