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March 9, 2017

Say Goodbye to Childhood

“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”
(Abraham Sutzkever)

One of the tragedies of childhood trauma is that very often, the child’s emotional maturity can freeze at that age; their bodies keep growing but their psyches struggle to keep up.

You don’t have to have experienced terrible trauma for this freeze to take place in your own life trek, however. Experiencing a childhood so dramatically wonderful can have the same effect, like the dominant young athlete or actor struggling to adjust when others start to catch up. Also, a simple nostalgia can keep us forever longing for a home long gone.

Adulthood is, in many ways, a process of leaving childhood behind. In particular, this means leaving behind both the excuses, and resources, of our past. What served you well then cannot serve you well forever. This is by no means easy; it may be the hardest thing we ever do.

Peace begins with pause,

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