Humans spend an average of 24 years of their life asleep. A hedgehog has around 6000 thorns. The heraldic animal of Scotland is a unicorn. Chickens are the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Two-thirds of the world’s population have never seen snow. A pineapple takes two years to grow. And the turtles …

Humans spend an average of 24 years of their life asleep. A hedgehog has around 6000 thorns. The heraldic animal of Scotland is a unicorn. Chickens are the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Two-thirds of the world’s population have never seen snow. A pineapple takes two years to grow. And turtles can breathe through their assholes. These are all facts one encounters when living with a curious four-year-old. On each “why?” another follows, and that’s a good thing.

So I sometimes wonder when we started to take everything for granted. As children, we looked around the world with big eyes and saw a miracle in everything. In a pink daisy, in pebbles lying around, even in the film of algae at the bottom of a puddle. And now? Are we incredibly impressed. I envy children for their exuberant enthusiasm. This raw enthusiasm which looks at every detail of the dreary daily life with speechless love.

But I don’t think we’re as selfless as we adults always are. Or should we not sometimes be surprised when we have questions about children? Curiosity is the start of all learning and the prerequisite for knowledge. And you can get it back. The key is to be aware of the world. Do not accept anything as “normal”. Corona has shown us that everything that is normal can quickly become very special.

Therefore: let’s do something new more often! Explore a place we have never been to. Cook a new dish. Take a dance class, go to the movies on your own, or learn to speak Indonesian. Listening to songs from a musical genre that we hated until now. Do somersaults again. And talk to a child. We can then think that there is no normality at all. But this is what we believe to be a special case in our modern life. A very pleasant one. But also boring. Because as familiar as normality may be, it is, as the painter Vincent van Gogh once said: “You can walk on a cobbled street, but no flower grows! (amna)