13 Apr Re-awakening Life through the eyes of Thirdy
Do you ever just sit back and wonder when did life become so familiar? What was once an exciting adventure has turned into unchartered days of days turning into nights and nights turning into days without much meaning? We’re doing what we are passionate about and yet even that can’t stop us from chasing the next euphoria through the places we visit, the people we date, and the things we buy.
We are constantly on the move to find depth, meaning, adventure, or at least the wonder we used to have about life before everything started becoming familiar. The search for this wonder soon turns into an emptiness that we can’t seem to shake off so we look for solutions, but often, the solutions we find lead us into an even deeper pit than we have imagined. We often ignore the obvious solutions because they seem so simple. Just like children.
Do you ever just look at kids and see how they can entertain themselves for hours with or without company? How something as mundane as a box brings them so much wonder and how they never seem to have time to be bored?
Popular motivational speaker John Rohn once encouraged people to “practice like a child”. By this he meant, embodying how children see the world: as a limitless place of play, wonder, and adventure. We used to think this way, we used to see the world as our playground, but life (and age) inevitably happens and it’s often the wonder and the belief in the impossible that often goes away first.
Being around children is a good way to get our wonder back. As a former pre-school teacher and educational therapist, my days used to be filled with this marvel that we seek. Children always seem to inspire adults to see the beauty of the world without even trying.
And while some of us may not yet have children of our own, we are blessed to be surrounded by these little humans through our friends.
Juan’s Fashion, Visual, and Concept Director Patricia Coronado admits that she gathers her own inspiration to see the world in wonder from one of her closest friend’s son, Thirdy “Muy” Lacson. Thirdy or “Muy” (to family and close friends) is the nine-year-old son of one of the country’s biggest names in show business, Jodi Sta. Maria.
Thirdy, to begin with, is a force to reckon with. Unlike kids his age, Thirdy is smart, athletic, outspoken, and most importantly, kindhearted. Despite being young, he shows sensitivity by paying attention to the little details of those special to him. He has brought so much joy to those around him, including his parents.
Working closely with Jodi through the years allowed Trish to develop a close relationship with Thirdy. And just about a week ago, Trish shared paintings crafted by Thirdy. What touched Trish was the fact that Thirdy, despite being so young, was a keen observer of her life, including details about Juan and all the other things that were special to her.
Jodi was even quick to point out, “Just so you know, Muy loves you. For him to do something like that it means you are special to him and he values your relationship. He’s very keen with what’s happening in your life.”
The painting instantly became a focal point of my own personal conversations with Trish in the past week and we couldn’t help but be thankful for the timing of Thirdy, his paintings, and what it represented to us.
As adults, we no longer take the time to sit back, enjoy life, and simply observe the way Thirdy does. To get our sense of wonder back and to practice being a child, Trish and I decided to ask Thirdy about things in life we often take for granted to inspire the way we see life.
The Eye Opening Answers of a Child
The first question we asked him was what made him happy, and his answers, though simple were legitimate, “Sports, games, and going to church make me happy.” In fact, the answer to his perfect day doesn’t include any material possessions, “A perfect day for me is vacation with my loved ones.”
Thirdy’s answers, straightforward, simple, and honest, reminded us that often times we look for the grandeur things in life to fulfill us, when in truth, something as simple as the sport, games we play, spending time with loved ones and especially going to church can fill the gaping hole in our hearts. We often seek for so many things but his answer reminds us that the little things we often overlook can fulfill the biggest longings in us.
A cheerful boy, he was quick to say that “seeing other people suffering and getting hurt” makes him sad and what he prays for is to “have the power to help people.” The connection between the two isn’t lost to us adults, Thirdy sees a problem and prays to be a solution to it. He also shows people he loves them by “avoiding to hurt them and by showing him that they care.”
Once again, we were reminded that the things that often make us sad, we have the power and strength to change them for the better. And that it doesn’t take a lot to make the people we love happy; we simply have to be available to them, to take a keen interest in their lives and readily participate in it.
Evidently, Thirdy was raised in an environment where love takes the front seat. He is obviously a child who is loved and isn’t afraid to love those around him as well. Thirdy’s strength of character, the way he sees the world, and his determination to do good is obviously rooted in his parents’ love for him.
Once again, we are reminded that children marvel at the world simply because they are constantly encouraged and told that they are loved. These two things are powerful and as adults, we have the tendency to run away from letting people know how we feel. We assume that they already know without realizing the great gift of appreciation.
Going back to being a child through the eyes of Thirdy has taught Trish and I powerful lessons that we hope resonate with you as well: appreciate the people around you, be grateful, and love without hindrances.
Don’t lose your inner child, let it come out to play every once in awhile, and in doing so, may you never lose your marvel again. Life is beautiful, all you need is a change of perspective.