Monday, July 07, 2008

Lessons from a child

The past few days I’ve been fortunate to spend a significant amount of time with my 6month old niece Asha. I had visited Chicago in December and saw her at 3weeks old and to see how many changes there have been over the past 6months is amazing.

She’s constantly trying to figure things out, absorbing everything that’s going on around her, physically pushing herself to her maximum and making it clear when she is hungry, thirsty or tired. Everyday she is figuring things out and regardless of how many times something doesn’t work; eventually she will make it happen.

It got me thinking how amazing babies and children truly are. To think how much they are capable of taking in and relentlessly asking questions until they feel they have an answer that is suitable to their liking. There is no cap on how much they can learn, how much they can do or being tired to do something…. they do everything full tilt.

I found a site breaking down the typical milestones children go through:

Timeline of childhood milestones

2months – Smiles at the sound of your voice
3months – Raises head and chest when lying on stomach. Grasps objects.
4months – Babbles, laughs and tries to imitate sounds
6months - Moves objects from hand to hand. Rolls from back to stomach and stomach to back
7months – Responds to own name. Crawling begins and learning to use both legs and arms to move.
9months – Sits without support. Crawls with both arms and leg
12months – Walks with or without support. Starting to say words
18months – Walks independently. Speaks more. Drinks from a cup
2years – Runs, speaks in two-word sentences, follows simple instructions
3years – Climbs well, speaks in multiword sentences, sorts objects by shapes and colors
4years – Gets along with people outside of family, Tells names and address, hops, skips, gets dress

The point of listing these is to show that so many milestones, accomplishments, and improvements can be achieved in a window of 4 years time. There is no reason why teenagers and adults should not thrive for the same kind of production in their respective lifestyle. We all have the ability to constantly learn, apply information, challenge our self, and ultimately improve mentally, physically and professionally.

Time and time again we see individuals remain content or complacent with their production and performance in their profession, academics, relationships or sports. This needs to stop and it starts by emulating children’s ability to reach new milestones at such a fast rate.

Realise that there is no reason why we can’t set the sky as the limit and challenge ourselves to extend our timeline of milestones.

My path has not been determined. I shall have more experiences and pass many more milestones.” Agnetha Faltskog

Jason Sarai

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