I think that inside every adult is the heart of a child. We just gradually convince ourselves that we have to act more like adults. - Shigeru Miyamoto
I recently completed another playthrough of what I believe to be one of the greatest video games of all time: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The experience prompted me to re-explore one of the game’s themes that resonated most with me: childhood vs. adulthood.
Link, the protagonist, travels through time to save the world. At the end of his journey, he is sent back to his original time. But Link’s return is tragic: not only has the world forgotten about him, but he has his childhood stolen away from him.
It’s a fitting theme for me to think about with a child on the way in 2022. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own childhood and what kind of childhood I want to provide for my kids. On one hand, I’m looking forward to living through my own childhood again vicariously through my kids. On the other hand, as a parent, I’ll need to let them be themselves. I won’t force any activities onto my children that they don’t want to do.
In any case, playing through Ocarina of Time yet again was a nostalgic, memorable experience that has me looking forward to living through childhood through the eyes of my children.