A Sense of Wonderment

13701151_1061251917275146_4610384036522307530_o (1)Ok I admit it once again. I am a huge fan of Ernest (Jim Varney) movies. I’ve come to believe the main reason I am is due to his character’s sense of wonderment of the world and things around him.

It’s also one of the reasons I have enjoyed teaching skiing, snowboarding and surfing over the years. Observing the pure excitement and joy that not only youngsters but older folks alike receive from taking part in the lessons always fires the stoke within me also. This is especially so when the individual comes into the lesson with a great deal of trepidation and angst. Overcoming their fears seems to also open them up to other new experiences and provides them with a sense of self and confidence that may have been lacking previously.

I know such experiences have done the same for me over the years. Sure some experiences may not have had such positive results and some may have come with a good deal of pain but in the end I don’t regret having experienced them at all. I believe if I hadn’t then I would be less of who I am because of it. It all comes with a certain degree of risk but without risk there is seldom gain.

I believe that if I was born in the era of the great explorers that I would have wanted to be one also. I love to explore and see and do new things and as Ernest once said “To go where no man had gone before”. Such experiences, I believe, is what keeps us young and vital at least mentally.

All too often we become all too comfortable in our existence and feel we are either too old or unable to try something new. Some just feel safe and secure in the ways we have done things for so long. This can become a trap for us and in the process we can lose that sense of wonderment and become jaded, angry and intolerant of others or think that the ones who are trying new things are being immature or fool-hearty.

In the movie “The Santa Clause”, when Scott Calvin (The newly ordained Santa asks the elf Judy why he can’t believe something he just saw she replied something like “Seeing isn’t necessarily believing and sometimes you have to believe in things you can’t see. Unfortunately many grown ups just stop believing in things.” Bottom line, they lose that sense of magic and wonderment.

My hope is that none of us lose that sense of adventure and wonderment. I believe that if we don’t lose them that we would all be much happier and healthier and the world will be a better place.

If you want to see that sense of joy of wonderment take a close look at the expression on the face of the young student from the Florida School of the Deaf and Blind in the attached photo that was fortunate to have been able to instruct . Now that’s a look of pure stoke and joy if there ever was one.

Thanks for checking in this week. I hope you have a wondrous week and I will look forward to seeing you back here next time.



About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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