The other day i was walking a golden retriever and as a car approached i tightened the leash so that she wouldnt run out and get hit. So that rhe driver wouldnt freak out from a dog encroaching the road.
I thought of how what i did not just then but for the entirety of the walk was similar to what parents aim to do for children.
Children want to learn and grow. Be challenged. Fail sometimes. Overcome other times.
Thats why we setup scenarios for them. Contests. Rankings. Etc. The fifth grade science competition is not literally to find the best scientist. The jv soccer league is not for determining the greatest soccer player.
Such stages are set for the developing to be allowed to develop. To allow them to strive for something that they, hopefully, care about and desire.
When im walking this dog im not letting her sniff around because im trying to track something. Im just letting her sniff cause sniffing is what they do.
After holding her tight as the black suv passed by, i walked again. I thought of what happened to us once we turned into adults. As adults there is no greater being guidkng us. Setting up developmental stages for us. Its on us to do it ourselves. This is what i thought.
Then about two weeks later i listened to Conspiracy. And i thought, wow... there are still some walkers amongst us dogs.