Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From a Timeless Children’s Book

And why you shouldn’t be afraid to think big.

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“Pippi Longstocking” is one of my all-time favorite children’s books. I must have read it at least 5 times while growing up.

Pippi, the main character, also happens to be one of my favorite childhood heroes. She is a true inspiration when it comes to loving and living life, and not being afraid to try new things.

The book is a children’s novel by the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, which shows what is truly the most beautiful side of life.

A book that man can learn a lot from.

“Yes, time flies, and we are aging. In the fall, I will be ten years old, and that means that my best years have passed.”

The older one becomes, the more one changes and so does his or her worldview. Man sees more gray and black in the days ahead, yet the fact that one is aging doesn’t mean that the best years of one’s life have passed yet. On the contrary, life is a wonderful adventure and the years don’t matter.

“We live to do good for others. I live only because of this. I’m interested in knowing what other people live for?“

Everyone has at least one personal goal, a mission in life. Yet, in this dynamic everyday life, many people forget about the most important mission in life — to be a decent human being.

To be good to others, to help others — these are man’s real life missions since the day one is born. A man’s duty is to keep developing him or herself and to keep making the world a better place.

As children, everyone has these qualities in him or herself. Then, along the way of life’s twists and turns, man forgets about them.

Remind yourself what is to be a child, remind yourself what is to be good.

“When I grow up, I want to be a pirate! And you?”

Children’s dreams are the most real dreams. They are filled with much hope and faith. Children believe in themselves and their dreams. These dreams are their motivation for a more beautiful future.

When you are a child, you have the feeling that you can conquer the whole world and this is the most wonderful feeling in the world.

Children’s dreams are so different, yet so similar just by children trusting in their dreams. By being strong. By being real. By believing in the possible even when no one believes in them.

Do you remember your dreams?

“It really is not worth growing up. Adult people never have fun, they only have a bunch of unpleasant work and stupid clothes, and calluses and income taxes.”

Sometimes adults forget what they were before they’ve grown up. They forget all the good memories of their childhood.

They forget about the little things that made them smile and the time of casual joy.

Take a moment to think about your childhood, become a child again, and never lose this wonderful feeling in yourself.

Every child lives with the idea that he or she will never grow up, yet after a while the child becomes an adult with different perspectives, different goals, and different feelings of life.

And this is where there seems to be a curtain in people’s eyes. Man does not see the obvious little things in life. And it seems like one loses his or her fantasy and the need for kindness. And this is why it’s not worth growing up.

“If the heart is warm and beats properly, one never feels the cold.”

Stop for a moment, close your eyes and remember all the wonderful moments of your childhood, the rebellious moments, the times when you used your imagination to create games, the times when you spontaneously went to see your friends…

Your heart is warm, isn’t it?

It’s beating fast, right?

Your face is shining, isn’t it?

Your eyes rolled out hidden tears, didn’t they?

These are the little moments of life hiding the beauty of people’s real days.

There are times when the warmest things one can touch are the memories, and this is why you should never forget them.

And to have more warmth during the “cold” days — keep creating more memories, be good, be childlike — and you will be happy.

Always find time for a little foolishness and break the boredom of your life with a handful of imagination and a simple smile.

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Dr. Kachovska is an internationally known Change Catalyst. She teaches individuals and organizations about awareness, connection and the need for change — personally, socially, and professionally.

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