A speech given by David Foster Wallace at the 2005 Kenyon College commencement ceremony.
“Two young fish were swimming. They meet an older fish, going the other way.
– How is the water, boys? says the old fish
The young fish say nothing, and they move along. After a while, one of them says:
– What the hell is water? ”
Truth, with a capital T. We need to go through the life of a grown-up by choosing correctly what to think, and when. For example, at the grocery store, instead of being stressed about how there is a big line, and how we will get home later than intended – we can instead use that time to make plans, to think about the upcoming birthdays and what presents to buy – or any other productive thoughts.
Life as a grown-up is not easy. But we may choose what colors to see it in. So yes, maybe we can maintain the child in us.