A Love for Animals and Children

They also seem to love me back.

Aimée Sparrow

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The personality I wanted to embody was one I chose from many possible others. This one is wholehearted, calm, joyous, silly, and easily approachable. I became this person through years of intentionality, discovery, and emulating the people I loved. I am proud of who I am because I wanted to be this person, so here I am, and I am not ashamed.

I enjoy the love and affection of animals and children while sharing in their joy. To them, the world is new, exciting, and filled with adventure. There is so much to absorb and learn, and they approach it with a sense of wonder. On top of this, all young animals and children require mentorship and must be coached on communicating and expressing their intense emotions. For some animals, the concept of emotions is limited and different from ours, so we must uniquely empathize with them by learning their way or their language, but with children, you can help them at least come up with the vocabulary or sentence structure to express complex thoughts or feelings that overwhelm them.

I take great pride in how I’m able to communicate with, play with, and connect with animals and children. I feel like treating them as individuals with needs and desires is the right thing to do because even many of us adults are simply children deep inside, and we fail to acknowledge this.

My interest in psychology and being carefree and silly in life attracts me to those who also enjoy the same things. I can watch my bird play with joy for long periods as he excites himself over simple toys he believes are alive and friendly to him. His need for belonging and his instinct to flock make him interested in bonding behaviors. He likes his flock to be together at all times.

I can enchant children because I treat them as if they have brains and what they think matters. I speak with them as if they can understand me and ask them questions because I honestly want to hear their opinions. Each child is captivated both by the need to connect and by being successful in his or her attempts.

I believe preserving a childlike aspect of ourselves makes us better able to communicate effectively with children and animals since we remember a primal part of our being that starts at the beginning rather than relying on preconceived assumptions.

Aimee Sparrow is an author, applied philosopher, and mathematician who has been living with a mood disorder for more than a decade and advocates for happiness and inner peace. She is the author of Lunacy. Follow her website for more details.

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Aimée Sparrow

An explorer of the philosophy behind psychology and what we dream to inspire peace and solace from suffering. aimee.sparrowling@gmail.com