Watching my soon-to-be 2 year old playing with Magna-Tiles, I was in awe as he built towers with the small square tiles. I had to hold myself back from offering him the other, more exciting shaped tiles. It was obvious he was working on mastering the squares and introducing the others would have been too much.
It made me think of the phrase, “Don’t be a square,” which means don’t be so boring or unimaginative or a party pooper, but what if being a square is exactly where you need to be? What if “being basic” and taking it at your own pace is the best way to honor yourself? What if “Don’t be a square” says more about the person saying it than it does about anything you do or don’t do?