Grow up? Nah.

Jay Mavani
3 min readMar 13, 2024

The art of not growing up + reclaiming joy.

The phrase “grow up” is often thrown around as a directive toward individuals who may not conform to societal expectations or norms of maturity.

It implies a need to adhere to certain standards of behaviour, responsibility, and seriousness that are often associated with adulthood. However, beneath this seemingly innocuous advice lies a deeper truth about the nature of happiness and fulfilment.

In our pursuit of maturity and adulthood, we often forget the essence of being childlike — that sense of wonder, curiosity, and spontaneity that defines the early years of life.

Children approach the world with fresh eyes, unburdened by the weight of past experiences or future worries.

They live in the present moment, fully immersed in whatever they are doing, whether it’s playing, exploring, or simply observing the world around them.

Contrary to popular belief, maintaining a childlike mindset does not equate to immaturity or irresponsibility. Instead, it offers a valuable perspective that adults often overlook in their quest for seriousness and success.

The ability to embrace playfulness, creativity, and joy in everyday life can be a powerful antidote to the stresses and pressures of adulthood.

Those who are quick to admonish others to “grow up” may themselves be missing out on the true essence of living.

By clinging too tightly to notions of maturity and seriousness, they may inadvertently rob themselves of the simple pleasures and moments of wonder that make life truly meaningful.

In contrast, those who resist the pressure to conform to societal expectations of maturity are often the ones who are most fully alive.

They approach life with a sense of openness and spontaneity, unafraid to embrace new experiences or pursue their passions with childlike enthusiasm.

Their ability to remain present in the moment allows them to savour life’s little joys and appreciate the beauty that surrounds them.

Ultimately, the secret to happiness and fulfilment lies not in “growing up” and conforming to societal norms, but in cultivating a childlike mindset that embraces curiosity, playfulness, and wonder.

By staying connected to our inner child, we can rediscover the joy and magic of life in all its simplicity and beauty.

So perhaps instead of urging others to “grow up,” we should encourage them to hold onto their childlike spirit and embrace the wonder of being truly alive.

Legend has it that once upon a time, Jay was a creative + marketing director with an inquisitive mind, positioned somewhere between a strategist, designer and a writer.

After immersing himself in the world of marketing + advertising for numerous years, he now returns to the core of his creative odyssey — graphic design, visual arts, and creative writing.

From always trying something new to occasionally making photos “speak”, he’s known to express his passion for problem-solving, creativity, philosophy and humour by playing with various canvases.

To know more about Jay, you can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Jay Mavani

Jay Mavani (aka jaymavs) loves to express his passion for problem-solving, creativity, philosophy and humour by playing with various canvases.