A child's mind is so pure and innocent.
It thinks that reality is a fairy tale of good grades, good career, good family, good friends and love.
Never for a second, the child's mind imagines chaos and uncertainty.
Things like depression, anxiety, suffering, pain, loss, job dissatisfaction, soul loss and spiritual awakening, existential crisis, being a misfit, a cold, uncaring world - do not stir in a child's wondrous mind.
And as all of these extraterrestrial things begin to take over a child's mind, the innocence is lost and a void is known.
In the midst of this fog, as depth, edge, awareness and enlightenment begin to sow their seeds, the mind becomes a battleground of shadows and light.
After decades of survival, the mind finally relents to the spirit and consciousness expands by letting go of the fairy tales and embracing reality.
Which is when the mind understands that there's no such thing as reality and nobody knows much about why we are here or what life is supposed to be about.
When the mind finally accepts its role - as a pioneer exploring the frontiers of reality, of sanity, of love, of sadness, madness, kindness, fulfillment, weirdness and compassion.
And that is when the innocence is regained as the mind lets the spirit step into its long awaited role.