To some, this photo strip may seem mundane or boring. It's a kid sitting on the ground, playing with a phone, in 5 different images. She barely moves from frame to frame. Yet, I still took the time to edit them all. I still wanted them all. I liked the sequence.
For me, this series of images is about learning through exploration. If you watch Bailey, you can see that she's just taking in the entire world with wonder and awe and excitement. When she encounters something new, she tries to figure it out through her five senses (we're still working on getting taste under control...it was her go-to for so long). She especially likes figuring out how things fit together - here, she's trying to figure out that cord plugging into the magical music box that plays her Odesza. She doesn't (usually) get frustrated; she just sits and experiences the moment, learning all she can without worrying about if she's doing it right or wrong or looking silly. I want to be more like that.
And for your viewing pleasure, a more hilarious photo series of Bailey learning the ins and outs of the air purifier:
We forget that learning through play is a very real thing - and it's a ton of fun. We're always so worried about getting to the next thing or crossing something off our mental lists that we don't really experience moments in the now; we don't take full advantage of the opportunity we have at our fingertips to learn.
Here's to rediscovering your inner child's curiosity and enthusiasm for life.