This weekend my middle child is beginning the last year of his childhood. I’ve already helped one child transition into adulthood so I have a pretty good idea what the upcoming year will bring. It’s going to be a year of helping this up & coming adult fine tune his current interests & goals.
I know that these interests may not be sustainable. Actually his current goals may not even be feasible. However, that doesn’t matter because this year my primary goal will be to nourished his dreams.
I believe that dreams are more important than the “normal” path. The dreamers are the people who create new technologies, new ways of thinking, & new solutions. It’s the dreamers who challenge the rest of us to examine ourselves & common beliefs. I would honestly rather raise dreamers who work hard than to raise workers who only dream hard.
So this year I will encourage my son to reach for his dreams. Who knows, maybe his dreams will change all of our lives for the better.
The holidays have always been one of my favorite times of the year. I love Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas not just because they represent reasons to eat & celebrate, but because they each bring people together. Since my birthday falls between each & usually near or on Thanksgiving it too has always felt special. Sure as a kid the presents were nice, but knowing the extended family would visit was always far better. Actually up until I was a preteen I honestly thought the whole family visited us because it was my birthday so my day has always caused me to feel warm & fuzzy, never mind that in reality the relatives really visited for the turkey & dressing celebration. Oh well, whatever the reason it didn’t matter to me.
Even today my birthday is special. It’s so special I have no problem with owning up to all 40 of them. Actually this year was especially special. My dear friends moved back from India & spent their vacation with us, my husband threw a fabulous surprise party for me in which a multitude of friends & family showed up, & I got to spend my special week cooking & catching up with loved ones. Technology didn’t matter, school work was almost entirely put on hold, & the daily grind was not important.
If it wasn’t for a final school project I would deem this birthday as perfect. Oh well, even great experiences require small challenges, it’s the twists & turns which keeps life interesting.
Turning 40 should be no exception. I suspect this year will be challenging & fun. So in an effort to explore what it is like to be entering mid-life while still raising a family, attending graduate school, & exploring how to approach this new phase in life I’ve decided to record the journey in pictures & words.
Happy holidays to you & happy 40 to me!