Thanks so much for all the love on Monday’s post.
We’re preparing for a storm here. They’ve released the schools 2 hours early to get home before the high winds start. I’ve secured the yard the best I can. As a Florida girl, I’m pretty good at preparing for high winds 🙂 I’ve been through plenty of tropical storms and hurricanes. Although after my experience during Wilma, wind and trees do get me a little concerned.
Yesterday, I traveled to visit my mother-in-law in the Lynchburg area. Weather permitting (and usually during daylight hours because of the amount of deer) I take the Blue Ridge Parkway for a portion of the drive.
I pulled off at some overlooks, just to see if there were any amazing things to capture. It wasn’t the best time of day for lighting so I was not very inspired.
I heard my phone going off and pulled into the next overlook to check it. Only a handful of people text me so I needed to see if it was urgent since once I left the Parkway, I would rather not stop.
It was from my son. A snapshot of some artwork that he had created. It made my heart so happy because he has this talent that I could only wish to possess. He prefers to keep his works mostly private for now.
It reminded me of what I had been pondering. What we teach our children to chase. I think it’s fine and great for your child to want to become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or international businessperson. I have children with some of those ambitions at this moment in time.
But it’s also fine for your child to have other passions. Passions that may not lead to fortune or fame. Passions that are still a life lived full. It’s also okay if your child has no clue what they want to do for a living. Lord knows that I didn’t! Sometimes I worry that they are expected to have their entire life mapped out by the time they are entering high school. That there’s this pressure to follow a prescribed pattern for life, whether or not it makes you happy.
I get a devotional email from Proverbs 31 daily. Today’s resonated with everything that I’ve said and thought. If you want to see it, you can read it here.
The key verse hitting on the feelings that have been tumbling around for days.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. -Psalm 39:5
Sometimes I want to say to all three of my children…
Yes… Spend a year living in van, hanging out at the beach, living off your savings or side jobs.
Yes… Take a year to backpack around Europe.
Yes…Expand your horizons. Meet new people. Find Yourself.
Yes…Travel the road less taken.
Yes…Find the one that fills your life with meaning.
Yes…Go. Live. Adventure.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. -Oscar Wilde
I find many moments of peace as I travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
It’s like life.
Often, you don’t know what is around the distant bend, but you travel along anyway, trusting that you will reach your destination.
This capture was from our hike to Dragon’s Tooth. I liked that there were two ways around the obstacle in our path. Neither of them were the right way or the wrong way. Either way we ended up at our destination.
Raising children is not a simple matter. There is no instruction manual. No prescribed way to successful parenting (okay, there are some claims, which usually make those of us who don’t achieve it, feel like crap).
We fumble along, get some things wrong, get some things right, and trust that in the end they will find a way of compassion, kindness, and joy.
Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them. -Ruben Chavez
Let your light shine!