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On Childish Joy

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In an aquarium where people looking at schools of fish.
May 3, 2021

This past weekend, a group of friends and I went to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

This past weekend, a group of friends and I went to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. It was us, and a bunch of families; there was maybe one couple without kids there.
And it was so much fun!! I really loved going to the zoo as a kid, just because I thought that animals were so cool. And it was just as fun, if not more, going as a college student now.
Although I love classes and learning and college, it can be draining. You’ve probably all it heard before: it’s important to take time for yourself. But what does that time look like? It’s different for everyone, but if you’ve never done this before, I would suggest trying things that you loved as a kid. If you loved science museums, go to a science museum for a day. Take a friend to a bookstore and read your favorite children’s books. If you loved arts and crafts, try making some art or coloring a ‘kids’ coloring page. Loved stickers? Buy yourself some stickers! You don’t even need to spend a bunch for money, you can get stickers from the dollar store.
You might feel out of place, but you aren’t hurting anyone; to have a good time, you might need to set intention to enjoy yourself. That’s okay! And like everything, it gets easier with practice, I promise.
Letting yourself enjoy things is a skill, and it’s one I’m working on developing as soon as I can, because life is short.

Isaac Madsen-Bibeau
Kandel-Oleksak Scholar
Gender, Sexuality and Race/Global Studies