Parents have a lot of pressure on them, well, the good ones do. Parents who don’t care about their kids don’t experience life the same way that true, caring parents do. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I love supporting parents and business owners and people in general who are passionate about life, who truly care about their lives, their families, their customers and the world. I’m all for having fun and trying new things. I’m not a fan of the people who think they’re too good for the rest of us, who don’t care about others, who aren’t willing to let others win and those who give only because it benefits them. Yes, we can all have some selfish moments, and moments that we want the attention to be all on us, but for the most part that’s not how those of us who really care live our lives. Yes, we think about ourselves, but we also think about others and the world around us, and genuinely care what happens to them.
That’s not to say that we don’t have our differences and disagreements, I believe it’s healthy for us to all enjoy different things and even healthy for us to see the world different ways and try to do things different ways. The caveat to that is that the goal is usually technically the same: that we want a better world for our children and ourselves. We may not think that it will be achieved in the same way and sometimes we can get so lost in what we think is right that we forget about the goal. But I digress.
As parents, mentors, leaders, and adults we’ve got a big responsibility of teaching the next generation. We have to be honest about our mistakes. We have to help them learn from the lessons we’ve had and failed in. We have to teach them to do better than we’ve done. But at the same time we have to let them be who they are and do what they’re here to do. I can’t do what you can do and I’m not here to do what you’re here to do. You’re not here to do what your kids are here to do, nor are they here to do what you are here to do. Yes, you can spend time together doing your passion or theirs, but that doesn’t mean they need to devote their life to fulfilling a lost dream of yours: they’re not here to be anyone but themselves.
As adults we may have forgotten the passion, curiosity, creativity and drive that we had as kids, but they still have those feelings. It’s up to us to let them be kids, let them learn who they are and accept the teaching moments when they come our way. Teach them how to be strong and then let them fly. Maybe in the process you’ll even remember how awesome it is to fly as well.
“We want you to know you are exactly where you are meant to be. Where you are is perfect for the magnificent unfolding that is before you. Embrace it fully. You are here to be of great service in this world…” Theos