As children we had a questioning mind and asked the question 'why?' - many times a day. Then family and society conspired to take our free mind and we learnt to conform. You asked an innocent question and your mother gave you 'The Look,' or you got a sharp kick under the table. We learnt that there were questions that must never be asked, questions that would never be answered. By the time we became adults we had learnt to 'fit in' perfectly - our minds were closed, we neglected to learn new things.
At 50 I know that an independent mind is not acquired with age. It is something you fight to keep as you grow.
— feeling determined.