Tonight I was just staring at the person that I produced most recently, as I know all moms do, and I had this thought. It’s a bit out there like most of my other thoughts, so bear with me.
You know how there is something alien about babies when they’re first born? The way they look at everything and respond to things.. And if you’ve ever seen a person nearing the end of their life – it is so similar to that. Well – what if we all do come from somewhere else, and when we are first born – we are still very much plugged into the universe, the whole of the cosmos. And as we live our nitty-gritty daily lives, changing out cat litter and buying milk, that connection becomes clouded because of all the interference in our minds, but as that interference goes away we start connecting back to the “bigger picture”.
Here I am looking into his eyes, which is another thing – all baby parts have a very specific baby quality to them, but not the eyes. A person’s eyes always look the same (unless they have some kind of degenerative disease that makes the eye more cloudy, etc) – you can not tell a person’s age just from their eyes (not talking about the skin around the eyes). Eyes truly are the window to the soul and our souls are ancient. So – I’m looking into his eyes, and seeing distant galaxies and exploding stars in them, amazed at how he knows so little about our world and yet already knows all the important things and can feel on the highest and purest of levels, and he’s looking back at me with just as much wonder and marvel. It’s incredible.
And it makes sense – in this moment right now he has all the potential energy of the universe in him. He can be absolutely anything, from a jobless 40 year old in my basement to the president of the world. Every life possibility lies within him, and that is why babies are so special.
People don’t like getting older not because they age, or time passes, or what not. It’s because the amount of possibilites open to us becomes smaller and smaller. Every choice we make cuts off a bunch of other choices and outcomes. Things we will never get to do.
Every baby born has a very high chance of becoming someone ordinary, someone with a regular job, stresses, reasons to be depressed, living a day-to-day life, etc. But every single baby also harbors the potential to be someone with a huge impact on the world, a Nobel Prize winner, an Olympic medalist, an innovative surgeon who’s work will lead to millions of lives saved. And that deserves respect. (
so why the hell are we letting this country feed our kids absolute garbage?)
The main thing I want to teach my kids is how to be happy and not to lose sight of the truly important things. If they’re happy – I know they will make the world a better place.