Now with counter-productive temper tantrums!
My five year old daughter gets cooler every day. She’s so much more fun than she was back when she was just this adorable little chub with bright blue eyes and curly blond hair.
And yet, she can be a mean, vindictive, little cuss. Daily.
We’ve come to realize that her growth spurts are preceded with attitude and drama. Every. Time.
And it’s only natural. She’s constantly soaking up an inordinate amount of information, processing it with whatever means she has, and adapting her worldview/life-model to suit.
You can imagine how frustrating this must be. These are challenging times. She knows she’s about to figure something out. It’s on the tip of her tongue—but she’s just not there yet.
And, boy, does it piss her off.
But once things click, she goes right back to being her wonderful, amazing self. She’s better, smarter, stronger than she was before. And that’s exciting to see.
And if you think about it, growth spurts like that continue on throughout our lives.
As we soak up inordinate amounts of information, processing it with whatever means we have, and adapting our worldview/life-model to suit, it can get damned frustrating.
Eyes on the prize, though. It’s probably a good idea to consider the times when we’re completely fed up at our wits’ end adult growth spurts.
Something wonderful is going to happen.
You’re just not ready yet.