The other day, I watched a two year take a pillow and pretend to be driving a sled. The funny thing was the adults around the room were encouraging her to slow down.
The risk of getting hurt in her imaginary world is zero. So, why do we encourage people to slow down?
It’s a habit. A bad one.
And I don’t think most of us even realize it. The status-quo keeps changing so fast. Faster than ever before.
Our initial instinct then is to slow down. We can’t possibly be competent at the new thing today, when we can barely get are hands around the old thing yesterday.
And so, you have those who caution us to slow down. To not fly so high (or you will get burned). To lay low. Blend in. Do what we did yesterday and get better at it.
That might be appropriate for assimilating the masses or for the factory worker who knows what tomorrow and the next bring, but that won’t work for the artist, the dreamer, the curator, the one who believes in a brighter future.
If we are going to prepare our youth for tomorrow’s challenge, encourage them to go faster wherever you can.