A Six Year Old’s Words of Wisdom
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
My son, who was born at least 40 years old, said this when he was 5 or 6. I have spent the past 8 years writing quotes from my children on scrap pieces of paper to do what with I am not quite sure but this quote, “we can’t redo life mommy”, is posted on my wall so I can see it every morning when I wake. He has surprised me from the moment he started talking with the depth of his thinking and the insight he brings to my world. His first word was clock. Not mum or dada or dog or tat, but clock?!?
I can’t remember the context from which the quote came but I do remember the impact. Have I lived? If I were to die tomorrow or 50 years from now for that matter, how would I want to be remembered by my children? How did my life impact them and how did my life impact their children? Will they want to follow in my footsteps or will I be a faint memory of brown hair and blue eyes?
As I pondered this quote I made a list of all of the ways I’d like to be remembered… as a loving, happy, present, caring, compassionate, patient, wise, strong, playful, fun, funny, forgiving, grateful, giving, tender mother who makes a difference in the lives she touches. Most importantly, though, I want to be remembered as a mother who loved her life. I want to be an inspiration to my children to love their lives. This might have been the moment when I started breaking my life apart, inspecting it piece by piece under a microscope, and vowing to live the next half of my life much differently than the first if only to be an inspiration to my children. I don’t recommend doing this all at once, as I did, as it really rocks the world of those around you and once it’s out it can’t be stuffed back in. I know this…I tried! I’m still working on it but I love my life so much more these days as I make a conscious effort to live authentically in hopes that my children will do the same.
Wishing you well.
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