The ultimate difference between childhood & adulthood is money.
In a grown-up’s obstacle course, you’re required you to pay a sum of dollars at most obstacle points. Ideally, money should provide the relief of making ends meet financially while hopefully there’s enough left over to enjoy yourself outside of work. But often you become so bitter or sad from bills sucking dollar after dollar out of your paychecks, and the day’s work both mentally and physically drowns of your energy and passion to do the enjoyable things that once made you happy. Maybe every once in a while the obstacle course executives will let you hop in a potato sack and race other individuals out in a fresh field, but not nearly enough. Also, adults are allowed to take breaks in between obstacles to get a drink, but not the childhood obstacle course drinks that you get out of soccer mom coolers. These drinks are alcoholic. Welcome to adulthood and all of its hurtful truths, now have a drink to distract you for an evening from all of the dreadful feelings you encounter in the struggles of adulthood.
And yeah, of course kids are happier and having more fun than adults. Adults give them designated play areas for hours a day every day because those kids aren’t yet required to pay for anything. It’s because they’re pigs getting raised for spiritual slaughter when they hit adulthood. Adults can re-shape their perception of obstacles. When the going gets tough, view life as your childhood playground. Any of adulthood’s real-life obstacles, like the DMV troll spewing curt remarks after every courteous form of communication you direct their way, replace their face with the image of monkey bars. Or a tether ball or a merry-go-round or any other joyous equipment which provided optimal delight for you as a child. Put a teeter-totter on that asshole’s face. Next time Karen Killjoy starts giving you grief for no damn reason, visualize she’s one of those horse springers. I know this all will make you come off as crazy, using this visual replacement method, but it will make you so much more comfortable and focused, reminiscent of that elation you felt when kicking up your legs as you glided horizontally in a tire swing. An incorrigible human could act as the slide’s stairs. Push through each unbearable step in this unpleasant interaction, and know if you take all the correct steps, granted you don’t slip and fall and contract hepatitis from that cursed, rusty metal, you will feel the sweet release of joy and accomplishment.
The key is to not let obstacles overcome you- to not let its unfair activities consume you, to not let the impossible assholes you have to take endless agony from break your spirit. Challenges, on all levels of the spectrum of our suffering, are opportunities to strengthen the spirit. Pains in the ass they are, but acceptance of the challenge and your labor at overcoming each hardship along the way allows you to come out at the end with wind in your hair and the glory of riding on a liberating, flying sensation that could have only happened because you earned it. Don’t let the time at the shit job make you miserably downtrodden and convince you that your dreams are broken. It’s hard, but it’s possible to mend dreams. Doctor them, put a cast on them, inject a ton of calcium into them. You gotta water those dreams like a goddamn ficus. Let them breathe in the sunlight. If you have a specific dream and it continues to not materialize, think of different roads that could reach the dream. And there is no limit to creativity in developing a different route. The dream won’t mind, it is after all, a dream. It is open to all of the possibilities of this existence due to the certainty of one’s will to be happy.
So, if plan A doesn’t make the dream come true, start on plan B. And if that doesn’t work, move on to plan C. And so on and so forth. And if you get down the line to plan Z, and that doesn’t work either, start on plan [choose your shape]. That’s right, start down a plan series of shapes. Or colors, or whatever. It is crucial to keep the dream breathing.
We have these dreams as children, and the biggest obstacle of our adult life is to relentless fight for them. What do you think?