The Innocence of Life

Ben Shelley
5 min readFeb 4, 2024

How we forget what it is like to be a child

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

When you are young, spinning around in a circle is great. You can simply do this for hours with no need to change or alter, simply being happy to spin until you fall.

Once you have finished spinning, you pick yourself back up to start again. It is fantastic and then something happens…you grow up.

Spinning in a circle seems to be something quickly and easily lost from our lives as the weeks and months roll into years and we get a phone, we start working and the time we have reduces to the point where spinning is left to the past.

Then something fantastic happens for some of us and that is that we start a family and reconnect with our pasts.

We have children and they want to spin in a circle and as any good parent would do, you begin to spin with them again and see through their eyes the innocence that you have long since lost. It is beautiful and something that I can’t wait to get back into my life.

This is not to say that my life is relentless and that I need to walk outside and just spin for an hour. No. It is a reflection and acknowledgement on how my life has changed.

How it has shifted to the point now where I do forget about the simple things at times, especially when it comes to weeks like this in which I…



Ben Shelley

Someone who has no idea about where their place is in this world, yet enjoys writing about books, education, entertainment and videogames