The other day I was out with my mom and as we were walking through our mall I saw this little kid, he couldn’t have been more than three, and he reminds me so much of my little cousin. As I watched this little kid I realized he never stopped smiling. He would wave at people walking by, he’d smile at anyone he made eye contact with. He was truly a sweetheart. As we walked away from the kid and his dad I looked at everyone around me. The expressions on their faces were drastically different from the little kid. Anger, pain, annoyance, irritation, sadness. Not one face around me looked happy. I tried smiling at people, seeing what would happen, but all I got back was glares. This may seem like a stupid rant, who knows maybe it is, but as I was listening to music today I came across the song Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons. In one of the versus they say this,
“You tell me to hold, but innocence is gone, and what was right is wrong.”
Now I don’t know what their interpretation for that line was, but this is how I interpreted it. As we get older the more of the world we see, the more pain we experience, and the more darkness we witness. As kids you never really hear about murders, or rape, or domestic abuse. You don’t know what it means, you don’t dwell on it. But as you get older, you see it in the papers, hear it on the news. We probably don’t even realize the true effect it has on us until, like me, you see something that shows you just how much innocence you’ve lost. You realize that you’re not a kid, you don’t wave at the people passing by because your simply happy, despite the world around us. Now I’m not saying that no adult or teenager is happy anymore, because we are, what I’m saying is that in a way we give up on the world around us. I know I’m guilty of this. Treating people rudely simply because I don’t want to take the time to be nice, simply because I might have had a bad day. We’ve let go of our child-like innocence, the innocence where you would smile or wave at someone simply just because, the innocence where we didn’t judge because it wasn’t nice. It’s a shame really, losing the innocence we should fight to cling on too.