My Innocence

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.”
Anne Frank

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”
Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard

“It's never too late to have a happy childhood.”
Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”
Voltaire, Zadig meant to be lived.

We get this precious life, and we waste it by comparison, ego, hatred, jealousy, lies, fraud. What will we get at the end of it? Have we have ever pondered on this thought. What is LIFE and what have we turned it into? When we take birth on this planet, we are so pure, so fragile, so innocent. As we grow, our innocence is lost. We get all covered with the sand of desires, attachment and all the possible negativity present around us.

Where did all the innocence go?

How did we get all covered with all the above? When we were children, we used to laugh heartily. We used to play with enthusiasm. We used to get happy with small things. We used to smile at passersby and make their day. We used to jump high and not bother if we get hurt. We were fearless. We would dream of touching the sky and coming back. We would dream of running as fast as a leopard. We were unaware of all the ugliness that lay behind those closed doors.

As we start growing, we get curious to open those closed doors to see what's behind them. Just as Adam and Eve were curious to eat the forbidden apple the same way, WE as kids were curious to open the door that had all the ugliness hidden by our parents/adults. They wanted to preserve our innocence but, we were eager to grow up. Little did we realize that once we know what's hidden behind those doors, our life will not be the same. We will have responsibilities on our shoulders. We will have to become competitive since it's the world of the survival of the fittest.Our parents were there to guide us through it but, then for the most part, we were alone trying to communicate with the outer world. That made us withstand the many obstacles and mold ourselves according to our surroundings. Our surroundings have not been friendly so far, and thus, came the snowstorm of all ugliness accompanied with LIFE.

Phew! What a milestone we achieved by opening those doors huh!

But, then we could not stay with those doors shut forever. Those doors would have opened some day or the other. It is up to us, how we tackle the negativity of our society. It is up to us, how we learn to dwell amongst it. It is up to us, how we smile amidst all the tragedies. It is up to us, how we still laugh. It is up to us, how we approach LIFE.

My Innocence lies in my hands

My Innocence lies in my thinking. My Innocence lies in, how I approach LIFE. This is ONE life we have, let's make the full use of it, but taking charge of it and not be in a hurry to hush things. Time, will never come back so, let's enjoy the present and not worry too much about the past and the future. My Innocence lies in TODAY. So, let's enjoy the TODAY!!

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Janet 5 years ago

Beautiful way of describing our innocence...

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

thanks janet :)

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What an innocent hub you have written. I vote it up.

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello Aupadhyay,

Always a pleasure to hear from you...thank you!

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internetgeek 4 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

Very interesting and well expressed. Thanks and voted up :

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

thank you internetgeek.

I am glad to get your vote of confidence!

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh sweet Ruchira...reading your hubs are always a bright spot in my day. It is up to each of us to preserve some of that innocence that we are all born with and share it with others. Up votes and sharing this.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Dear Peggy,

Thank you for your precious comment. I am delighted to know that it brightened your motive is complete :)

Thanks once again for the read and uplifting comment...appreciate it!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I like the knowledge of adulthood best. At least, with that, we can choose to still be innocent, though as you said, that's a challenge. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Alocsin,

Sure adulthood has it's own advantages. But to draw a line somewhere is important 'cause amidst all the stress of fulfilling our duties, we tend to forget to have fun, which is childlike.

thanks for your precious comment...always a pleasure to hear from you. apologize for the delay.

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, yes, as you say innocense lies in our hands. It is upto us to keep the spark alive. A great write. Enjoyed reading. Voted up and shared.

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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

What great thoughts to begin a day!

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