Every year by the end of June I’m ready for everything to stop. School and all the other activities that consume our lives stretch that bit too long. The helping with homework. Constant taxiing to clarinet, rugby, football and swimming. We still have 4 weeks of school! Imagine how the kids feel!
Another year of milestones reached, time slipping by. People say all the time about how fast time goes, and definitely certain things I look back on fondly but I honestly wouldn’t want to go back to broken sleep, constant diaper changing and all the demands of having babies for anything in the world. We’ve certainly moved on from little people issues and on to much bigger, scarier issues. (Am I the only one that didn’t know that laughing gas is a thing? And let’s not talk about those fruity, child-attracting e-cigarette flavours!)
I consider my kids to be tweens now. My middle one just turned 12 last week, eldest and youngest turn 14 and 10 in about 3 weeks. We’ve all survived another year and more than that they’ve all made real progress with their various pursuits. I am very proud of them all, and I can’t wait for the school year to finish to celebrate!
I’ve got family visiting from Canada at the moment - my mom’s annual visit and my second cousin’s first European tour. A couple of days ago I took them both to Windsor Castle. While we were there I couldn’t help but notice that so many people were going through the motions of what they thought they should be seeing, without actually experiencing it. Several (rather rude) tourists pushed to the front to get a photo of the changing of the guard without listening to the band, or really understanding what was happening. Even more people brushed past Queen Mary’s Doll House without more than a tertiary glance. They had no appreciation for the details and work put into it by the many designers and craftsmen of their day.
Why do people feel the need to tick the box to say they’ve been somewhere without actually taking any of it in? What is more important - ticking a box or living an experience? We all need to embrace life while we can, because who knows what’s around the corner.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Viktor E Frankl
Today in the UK we are facing change. Sometimes change brings about great things that we never thought would be possible. Conversely when change is not for the better, just enduring the challenges makes us stronger in the end. Whichever side you fall on from today’s outcome we can all agree we are facing some turbulence in the coming months (or longer) before a firm plan replaces today’s uncertainty. I’m reminded of another quote that I think is very apt (not sure where I first heard it): “Things always work out in the end. If they haven’t worked out, you’re not at the end yet.”