'Isip bata'-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
TRULY, there is something mystical happening every time you ride a transportation for a long period of time: you become philosophical, and you reflect all the things you have done and would have done.
In short, you daydream. Daydreaming led to a recollection of the past that can either amuse or embarrass you as of this moment, such as once I was being ridiculed of being "isip bata" when I was in grade school. Partly being true, since my parents pampered me preciously. As a child then, I felt a little upset every time my classmates call me names related to being "isip bata," or someone who has remained childish in thinking and how you act.
Recalling it now, I realized how my classmates then were very much absurd. Of course, how can't you think as a child when you were in grade school? Grade 5 to be exact, but the "culture" back then (and probably still true today) was at this grade level you were expected to be a bit "teenager" by wearing the trendy clothes and succumbing to popular culture set by what's being shown on television.
I tried, but I failed to oblige myself to be a little older. I still can't take away my eyes from cartoons or "anime" and other fantasy movies. And if I have the luxury of time now, I would still watch them occasionally.
They say that children can't wait to grow up and act as older people, on the contrary, older people would want to stay younger and will do anything just to delay ageing. This cycle is quite amusing. As I further recall the things I did in my life (thanks to the reflective window glass of the bus), I realized that I never left of being an "isip bata," at least in the sense of thinking and how I view the world as innocent and hopeful despite that obviously, it is not.
So what's wrong being an "isip bata?" Apparently there is when you put it into political context. There are times when our government leaders act childish, when one of their colleagues would not want to play to their desired games and in addition would create another game instead.
In fact, we never stopped being childish, we just suppressed it at one point in our lives but when we grow older, we go back as children. Maybe this was the core moral of the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 23, 2013.