I just watched a Bruce Willis movie, called “The Kid”. I enjoyed it, though it may be a bit saccharine for some – and yes, I did cry at the happy ending. It’s a story of a bitter and spiritually dead but incredibly wealthy image consultant who meets his eight year old self, and has to relearn things about himself in order to save himself from a lonely end. It also showed us that we should never forget our child self, and the dreams that child self had.
What did I want to be when I was eight years old? I can’t quite remember, and I’m not even sure that I thought that far ahead when I was eight. If I did, I’m pretty sure that I would have wanted to be a fairy elven princess living in a castle in England. Well, eight year old self, I didn’t do too bad. I’m a Druid living in a beautiful house in the English countryside – it’s pretty close.
What would I say to my eight year old self? Yes, there were rough spots and there were glorious spots. There were heartbreaking tragedies and uplifting victories. There were mistakes and compassion, beauty and ugliness, and everything in between. But it all turned out good.
In the movie, the 40 year old self and the eight year old self then meet the 70 year old self. So, I wonder what my 70 year old self would say to me? I hope that I have made that person proud, as proud as my eight year old self. I would hope that life would be filled with love and compassion, and that I would never stop dreaming; never lose that eight year old self.
What would your eight year old self say to you?