Learning From Kids Tue, Mar 29, 2016
While perusing Twitter yesterday evening I saw a video of a young kid running onto the court to give New York Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony a hug. Even more awesome, I read later on that this kid wasn't even sitting courtside - he walked down from the stands, waited on the baseline for a dead ball and then beelined for Carmelo, giving him a huge hug before anyone even realized what happened.
After my initial few moments of "awwww!" while watching the video on loop a few times, my next thought was how awesome it is to be a kid. He wasn't sprinting onto the court out of fear that security would deck him before he got his hug, he had no anxiety about being judged by anyone in the crowd, no fear of getting kicked out of the game, no worries that there was a chance Carmelo might not hug him back.
Now, I get that a kid running onto the court to hug his hero is much different than a grown man doing it, but the premise is still the same - kids aren't jaded or skeptical, they're not cynical that something they want might be impossible to have, they don't care that Carmelo hasn't won an NBA championship. He wanted to hug his hero, so he did.
Sometimes it's okay to throw caution to the wind and not think of the repercussions from every angle first. It's okay to be impulsive and live in the moment; it's okay to be so enthusiastic that people look at you weird; it's okay to always believe the best in every person and every situation, even if you get burned. Isn't it ironic how sometimes the life lessons we learn from kids are so much better than the lessons we teach them?