Growing up, one of my favorite things to read was and still is Calvin and Hobbes. I got my first book of C&H collections when I was around 8. Back then, my reading comprehension was awful, so I would scroll through and enjoy the select few comics with vibrant colors and clever gags within the characters. In time, however, I was able to read the rich dialogue between Calvin, the six-year-old kid with an insane vocabulary, and Hobbes, Calvin’s stuffed tiger doll that seemingly comes to life whenever others aren’t around. Not only were the exchanges hilarious, but they often held meaning that made me wonder, “why don’t we think like that?”
Named after John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes, the duo explores life’s simplicities such as enjoying an evening in the Fall, dealing with a bully, or taking a bath. What’s charming in each of these scenarios is that whenever Calvin is conversing with Hobbes, you realize that Calvin is in a mode of introspection and is essentially speaking to himself. In a similar sense, we all have a childish voice within ourselves. One that yearns for exploration and rapid change. But we also have a voice that resonates with reason and finds comfort in stability.
Back to my question. “Why don’t we think like that?” Well — trick question. We do. But our childish mentality is often tucked so far back that we forget it even exists. What happened to the days spent trekking the forests for leprechauns, hours spent drawing to express what our words couldn’t, and countless sessions singing improvised songs based on our daily encounters? We often equate childlike tendencies to immaturity and a lack of assimilation into society, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even the Bible states that childish characteristics are the most important traits one could possess. Life is a blank canvas waiting to be covered in various paints. It’d be a travesty if at the end of the day we stepped back and saw a monochrome work of art.
It’s time to tug out that six-year-old within ourselves and finally give our internal “Hobbes” a deserving partner.