Definitely Open

When we were children, our views and opinions were dictated by the views and opinions of our parents. You can try to argue with me if you'd like to but let's think about it. As a child, you don't know about anything beyond what your home life allows you to see. If you were like me, the news was boring so, why sit and watch it? I'd rather go play. So all the crime, wars, happy news, etc. were things I had no clue about.

The TV shows watched as a child were cartoons, The Muppets, Sesame Street, Mister Rogers, etc. Grown ups, as it should be, were putting things into your life that helped teach you manners, abc's, 123's and everything else that would prepare you for what was going to happen - adulthood. The loss of our happy little innocence.

It doesn't have to be a bad thing, though. What I have found is that, as I get older, I'm finding myself changing my opinions and thoughts. Opinions and thoughts that I had growing up that were influenced by the adults in my childhood. Again, it's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm not sharing this because I'm mad or think how I feel now is better or correct.

We are influenced by so many things and I notice that my opinions seem to shift every time I learn new information. I actually like that. We help each other grow and become the individuals we were created to be.

Created using the September kit INNOCENCE from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

The kit INNOCENCE is such a fun exploration of all that emotion and word encompasses. You can approach it with how innocence is stolen, kept and shifted. This layout represents a shift in my innocence in regards to how I view the world. Politics, religion, people, the food I eat, the movies I watch... all of it.

When I saw the door from the Websters Pages papers, I immediately knew I wanted to use it with my journaling. The symbolism is that as we grow; as we learn and cultivate who we are, to not be afraid to open doors. Learn more! Don't shelter yourself! What a boring life that would be. 

How have you changed since "growing up"? 

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