Are You Smarter Than a Baby?


Do you think you’re smarter than a baby? A newborn…you probably are. But what about a 1 year old? Maybe not so much.

At around one, babies have usually mastered the art of crawling and they begin to pull themselves up to stand on their tiny little feet. They wobble and sway because their little legs don’t have much strength and they haven’t gained full control of their motor skills.

So they grab onto things, pull themselves up, stand for a split second, then they fall on their butts. They do this over and over. Pull themselves up, stand, fall, pull themselves up, stand, and fall.

They keep doing it, unphased by the fact that they weren’t very good at standing the first 100 times. Eventually, they pull themselves up and all of a sudden, they’re standing long enough to take a step, but JUST long enough to take a step.

They fall right back on their butts, never losing focus on whatever they were attempting to walk to in the first place, so they crawl to it — probably laughing and giggling the entire way. The baby has now progressed from pulling themselves up, standing and falling to standing up and actually taking a step.

Then just like the baby progressed from standing to taking that first step, one day the baby stands and takes a bunch of steps. Then eventually, the baby goes from taking a bunch of steps to running.

And just like that, the baby has proven that he or she is smarter than his or her parents and all other adults in the room. You see, the baby hasn’t been dumbed down by life. 

The baby hasn’t been exposed to beliefs yet. The baby hasn’t felt heartbreak or been ingrained with the idea that he or she can’t do something.

That baby only knows what’s instinctual and that is to walk, so the baby tries repeatedly — no matter how many times she fails — to pull herself up and walk. Whether it’s after a few times or after a few hundred times, the baby never gives up until they’re on two legs, standing upright, walking and running all over your damn house.

So babies are smarter than us. Babies don’t let what another baby has to say about them stop them from walking. Babies don’t worry how they’ll look to other babies if they fail trying to walk. Babies don’t give af about how the circumstances they’re in will hinder them from walking. They just try, fail, get tf back up and walk.

You and I should be more like babies. We shouldn’t let all of the negativity that piles up in our minds hold us back from getting up every single time we fail and trying again. 

When you fall trying to walk toward your dream, get back up and try again. If you realize that you can no longer walk, crawl. 

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