Week Seven: The Fear of Asking

ImageWeek Seven

My journey of learning to be a child seems to be taking a different turn. Recently, it’s been less about doing childish materialistic things (because, let’s face it, turning up at a kid’s theme park on your own or hogging the climbing frame at a park is not exactly right- it’s why those places are for kids) and more about re-learning the actual lessons you’re taught as a child but often forgot the importance of in adulthood.

This week I learnt one of those incredibly important lessons- to ask for help.

There has been or will be times in everyone’s life when they need to ask for help, whether that be in their personal, emotional, financial or work life. As adults we’re very good at doing the exact opposite. Trying to deal with it all on our own “because we can”, because we’re grown-up and responsible enough to not need anyone’s helping hand.

But maybe the answer to whatever problem we are experiencing, cannot be dealt with on our own. As children we know when to ask parents or friends, teachers or classmates for help. We know not to struggle on our own when that extra hand could give us the last push we need in completing a task or understanding a concept. So why do we think it is any different in adulthood?

We’re older, true.

We’ve learnt more, true.

We know everything, false.

We are superhumans who can deal with everything, false.

We are perfect, false.

This week has taught me just that- we are neither superhumans or perfect beings and asking for help is not a sign of weakness nor a sign of irresponsibility in our own lives. No, it is quite the opposite. It is a sign of strength, of intelligence, of responsibility. So next time you are struggling with something, whether it be trivial or serious, personal or professional, ASK.

Ask for that helping hand, because nine times out of ten it’ll be right there reaching out to you.

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3 thoughts on “Week Seven: The Fear of Asking

  1. Just took a look through your posts. I can very much relate to what you’re doing here as I’ve often said that I was never a child. I did, though, finally learn to be childlike (not childish or immature but like a child in the ways that are important, like having fun and a sense of wonder and yes, definitely learning that it’s okay to ask for help). Enjoy your journey! 🙂 By the way, are you by any chance an oldest or only child?

      • Good question. I’m not sure, but I can tell you that I’ve been “practicing” for a very long time.;) I’m also an oldest child. It’s very common for us to be responsible beyond our years as kids!

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