by Natalie Shaw

The naivety that some of us possess will never cease to amaze me. It is not always a quality that should be frowned upon, don't get me wrong, but then it doesn't always serve us well either. Like most facets of our beings, to be naive is both a blessing and a curse.

Some of us have an innocence about us that leads us to believe in the greater good. A child like characteristic that makes us see the best in others - even when sometimes, there isn't any good to be found. This very capability allows us to find beauty where there is hatred, colour when there is only grey. We learn that we can read between the lines and find that chapter others had deemed lost. These types of people are some of the most profound. They are pure, they are kind, and in that, they are beautiful. Unfortunately, these people are also the beautifully misinterpreted.

They are often believed to be stepping stones for those less naive, the realists. They are walked over, pushed around and made to have their naivety thrust out of them. This is the curse and blessing in one. This is why we have war, prejudice, and evil. This is why we hurt. Because we judge before we understand, we act before we have listened and we never really see. Truth is, we could all use a little naivety in our lives. Maybe then we'd all be safer from ourselves. Maybe then, we would find some peace.


This year has seen some truly devastating acts, here's hoping 2017 can be a little brighter.. xxN