Postcard from Sumba: Keeping the Child-like Wonder Alive

What is growing up?

Really, what is it? Nobody really knows what it means and school does not really mention anything about it in the curriculum.

Is it about making more money? Is it about being responsible? Is it about getting married and having kids?

Everyone is entitled to his or her own definition of growing up. I happen to find my own definition during my recent trips to Aussie and Sumba. Without trying to disrespect anyone’s definition, this post is made for the sole purpose of cognitive sharing and discussion.

To me, growing up means taking more adult responsibilities without losing your child-like wonder.

Read that line one more time before we move on to the discussion.

You’ve seen it all the time, everywhere. Kids who just wanted to be kids but end up losing themselves in the process to adulthood. Is growing up really that mundane? I believe in working hard, getting recognition and earning money for my future family. I call that being responsible. But IMHO, the biggest challenge is not about getting all of those. The biggest challenge is keeping your child-like wonder alive in the midst of growing up.

That’s why I travel out to the wild and to the outdoors. Where my inner child could run free and breathe without being suffocated by the air conditioner in my office cubicle.

That was why HG and I created this blog anyway.

I guess my challenge to you today is pretty much the same. Will you be willing to get out of your seat and explore the wild to keep your child-like wonder alive? I hope these photos of kids from Sumba will help you remember how much alive we used to be when we were kids. But hey, it’s never too late to live the life you always wanted.

Keep exploring,

DR. (@demasryan)

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Arrival.

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Playground.

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Met these two girls on the top of Bukit Wairinding.

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They were so playful.

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A little too playful until one of them got hurt.

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Bukit Wairinding on a golden hour.

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No gadgets, just whatever the found on the field.

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Walakiri Beach, a playground for all.

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Crystal clear water.

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The softest sand I’ve ever stepped on.

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She was so passionate in what she created.

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He was just playing while waiting for his dad, a fisherman, to come back to the shore.

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Chilling by the beach.

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Sunset view from Walakiri.

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One out of many pre-wedding photoshoot sessions that I encountered.

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Into the wilderness.

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A school in the wilderness.

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Rayhan who bit my finger.

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The fourth generation of Sumba. He wasn’t even sure of his own age.

 

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