it’s as simple as that

“You know, it’s interesting. Children learn

much more, far more quickly than adults. Do you know why that is?”

Elizabeth assumed there was some scientific explanation for it, but

shook her head.

“Because they’re open-minded. Because they want to know and they

want to learn. Adults”—he shook his head sadly—“think they know it all.

They grow up and forget so easily instead of opening their minds, they choose

what to believe and what not to believe. You can’t make a choice on things like

that, you either believe or you don’t. That’s why their learning is slower. They

are more cynical, they lose faith, and they only demand to know things that

will help them get by day by day. They’ve no interest in the extras. But, Elizabeth,”

he said, his voice a loud whisper, eyes wide and sparkling, and Elizabeth

shivered as goose pimples rose on her arms. She felt as if he were sharing

the world’s greatest secret with her.

“It’s the extras that make life.”

“That make life what?” she whispered.

He smiled. “That make life.”

Elizabeth swallowed the lump in her throat. “That’s it?”

Ivan smiled. “What do you mean, that’s it? How much more can you

get than life, how much more can you ask for than life? That’s the gift. Life

is everything, and you haven’t lived it properly until you believe.”

― Cecelia Ahern

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