Have you seen these kids who get picked up by everyone saying “Aww!! Such a cute baby!!!”. Well, I and Chandru (guest blogger/co-author) were two of them. And, what’s more interesting, people still think we are two of them. Well, let’s be honest, we are not very sure about the cute part though!
One day we both spurned injured souls-branded childish- gets together and takes out the anguish. This is how it all began.
Am so fed up, the whole world calls me childish and immature.
Well, you are not alone. I know a lot more synonyms for those two words.
<Voice of reason: Oh! What are these two up to now? Is this beginning of another blame game? Well, let’s hear them out anyway, looks like some serious discussion ahead!>
Why can a person not be fun and serious at the same time?
Exactly!! Fun doesn’t translate to immature. And serious doesn’t translate to sincere or even adult either.
Very true, people just think am this funny person who they call for chilling or company sake. Have you asked anyone what’s up, any problems and they say: Oh, you won’t understand!
All the time! Jokes? I’m in. Pranks? I’m in. But a serious issue? I don’t even exist in their world.
Well, what is worse, they think we cannot have problems, we cannot snap, we cannot debate on politics or anything serious.
To add to that, we are not ‘advice giving’ material too. And we are also not worth getting advice from!
<Voice of reason: Hey wait! But people judge you only by how you project yourselves!!>
Well. Let’s be honest here. We do act kiddish, but that’s because we think it’s fun. We also don’t want to bug others with our personal issues and have a serious vibe all the time. If we wore emotions on our sleeve, would things have been better?
Yeah. Good point. But, how can they judge a person by seeing only the tip of the iceberg. Have they tried to see the other side of us before calling us immature?
Well. In my case, whenever I show my true self, people thing am overreacting or over emotional. It is as if I always come with a smile plastered on my face. Sometimes, I feel am just entertainment for them.
Very true! “Take me seriously for a while” is received as a joke. “How can I take you seriously? I know about you!” is the ready-made response.
Whatever said and done, there are a few people who can see through our facade too. You know those people with whom we are ourselves.
Sure we do. The best part is we don’t wear any mask and we are not trying to be someone who we are not. But constant judging pushes me sometimes to think “Should I hide myself and try to project a different self?” But no, I won’t because that is not who I am!
I agree. I am like this by choice. I want to be thought of us as fun, friendly. Not someone, who only shares their problems, In fact, I have to accept that there is a part of me who does not like to tell my problem to others. But, I so wish that someone can see when I am going through one, ask and help me out.
<Voice of reason: Well looks like these people do talk a lot, but at times they do make some sense, don’t they?>
Being playful and being matured are two different things. But who says a person cannot be both at the same time? Well, it takes some maturity to find the difference between the two. You ask us to grow up; sometimes you say “you will never grow up”. But, who here really needs to grow up and broaden their thought process?
By labeling and stereotyping us, who is being childish anyway?
(This article was co-authored by Shruthi Parakkal and Chandrashekar B)