Watched an interesting documentary by Spike Jonez that made me think a lot about creative works for children.
I got to this documentary by researching about Dallas Clayton who penned this book/series focusing on being awesome, giving thanks, and loving others. You have probably heard about him from the Google Chrome commercial that came out a few years back. That thing really stuck with me. So I checked out his Wikipedia article, his store (with tons of amazing and positive designs!!), and somehow ended up on a page about Spike Jonez and his work on this documentary about Sendak. The internet.
I'm grateful for authors like Sendak, Silverstein, and Dahl for writing honest pieces that don't sugar-coat the truth and grit of the real world. I am sorry my list does not include any women, I will work on finding some lady authors that fall in this category. I'm grateful for authors like Clayton who are working to share positive ideas with children, and who are equipping them with the psychological tools they will need to succeed in the world.
As I am trying to figure out my values and what I want my life to be about, focusing on impacting the lives of children is a priority for me. It is a time when we are more open to different opinions; it is a time when we haven't yet learned to discredit others based on our preconceptions of the world - the things we squeeze ever so tightly as we gather days on the earth. It is a hopeful time, and a time where change is the most possible. I envy that about kids, but, then again, maybe our mindset doesn't ever have to change.
"The mind of a child is a beginner's mind, and for them, every idea is fresh, stimulating, and leads somewhere surprising." -Kermit the Frog
Here's to keeping an open mind, and to being silly and honest to our kids!
Love and positive vibes to you and yours,