Gretchen Rubin

“When I Became a Man I Put Away Childish Things, Including the Fear of Childishness.”

“When I Became a Man I Put Away Childish Things, Including the Fear of Childishness.”

"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

--C. S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children

When I decided to Be Gretchen, and indulge my passion for children's literature in a big way, this essay by C. S. Lewis helped me to understand why I loved these books so much, and why I should embrace it. (You can read more about this in The Happiness Project, chapter five.)

Is there anything in your life that you don't indulge in, because you think it's not grown-up enough? I was charmed to hear that a friend regularly plays Four Square with her three adult sisters.

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