If you know me than you know I love children. I have a huge family and growing up it seemed someone was always pregnant. When I was 13 I got my first job as a counselor at a camp on weekends. From there I got a steady stream of babysitting jobs well into my twenties. Even when I had a full time job I still babysat on weekends for families who became like family. If I wasn’t babysitting then I was hanging out with my goddaughters.
I love that kids are honest. They see through your bullshit and they don’t know how to be anything but real. If you look like shit, they will tell you. Got a massive pimple on your face? You better believe they will ask you 25 different questions related to pimples. If you casually mention you have a boyfriend, be ready to answer whether or not he is dreamy. Even the shyest of kids want to connect.
So coming to Asia, kids are one of the things I noticed most. I noticed kids everywhere we went. While a lot of people tend to focus on what our differences are, I am always drawn to our common threads felt even half way across the world. Like kids everywhere LOVE minions. If you start singing frozen little girls will join in and sing with you. Whether you are in New York or Shanghai a genuine smile will make anyone more comfortable and usually smile back.
There is more that connects us as society rather than that that divides us. When humanity seems to be loosing its’ way I have faith in the youth of the world. I hope they continue to see through our bullshit and someday grow up to make positive changes and connections in the world.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”