All of us do not even realize that we are having the best time of our life when we were indeed having it. We live through it in oblivion and then for the rest of our lives crave for it. I am talking about childhood. The first few years of our life when everyone is trying to appease you, keep you happy, carry you around, feed you your favorite foods, dance for you, sing for you, give you oil massages, sing your praise to everyone, be there at your beck and call, do everything possible on earth to just see you laugh, listen to the same songs 20,000 times just so you are happy, and on and on and on...and we just don't know it then!
After craving for adulthood all through our childhood and when we finally get there, we want to be kids again, sleep like a baby, eat like a baby, miss mom taking care of us and all our troubles and we look at a playing kid with envy and wonder, "wish we were kids again." We forget that we were kids and only never knew that we were having the time our life then!
PS: I saw this program : Mark and Olly with the Machigenga on Travel Channel and I was so enamored by the simple life of the Machigenga a tribe in the Peruvian Amazon. Then I realized that that they too have stress. Stress about getting food on the table, about taking care of kids, about invading conlonistas who take the tribal people for slaves and rape and plunder their women. They have stress about too much rain, about loosing their kids to the civilization, about forgetting who they are and loosing their identity. They have stress too. Looking at the wonderful landscape they live in (but for the insects) you will think that they are far from feeling as stressed as you who has to drive througha 40 minute traffic jam. But trust me they are as stressed. And then it made me think, who on earth is stress free. No one. I think that my daughter probably does not have too much stress, but who knows. She does cry when I do not take her out because it is cold or when I refuse to play Masakali for the 100th time. Who knows...One thing is for sure stress is for everyone!