Embracing your inner child


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“Paddington” is a little bear from the deepest darkest Peru. He is sent to England to find a family there and he stumbles upon the Browns. The Browns and Paddington seem to be a perfect match, but Paddington attracts “adventures.” What will he get into next? Such sweet stories and memories are a nice way to relax and embrace the inner child everyone has.

High school is a time to change, mature, and find what direction your life might and should be heading. It is a time for exams, college visits, tests, clubs, volunteering, driver’s licenses, and so much more. While being treated like an adult has its merits, everyone needs to breathe and embrace the inner child.

There are many ways to do so. No, it is not suggested that you find your old crib in the attic, get the nearest pacifier, and take a nap. (Although naps can be good.) Sometimes it is an old show or movie that is beloved, such as “The Sound of Music” or “The Wizard of Oz.”

It can be embraced through well-loved books or authors. Winnie the Pooh will strike a chord with many readers. There is a short story book for adults written by the same author, called The Sunny Side: Short Stories and Poems for Proper Grown Ups. It features the same quirky writing style and humor, though in a slightly more grown up form, than the classic Winnie the Pooh stories.

The most recent childhood flashback is the new movie “Paddington,” which is based off the numerous stories featuring the lovable Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond. While admittedly the target audience is children, it is an enjoyable film whether you are five or fifty.

“I like reading old “beloved” books. The little stories are so simple and cute. Reading the “A to Z Mysteries” with my sister relaxes me and puts me in a good mood. The books are simple in every way, especially the mystery, and it lets me slow down a little so everything is not all intense or complex,” junior Katelyn Young said.