Ah yes. The perfect opportunity.
The perfect opportunity to talk about anything other than our children! And yet somehow, the conversation kept circling back to the kids, and summer vacation.
What camps would they be attending? What lessons would they be taking? And how could they possibly rule the playground, come fall, with epic stories of adventure and excitement?
Despite my disappointment at the thwarted opportunity, the conversation did get me thinking.
What if we as adults poured as much energy and effort into our own pursuits, as we do our children’s? What if we continually sought out new skills to develop, new challenges to overcome, and new passions to discover?
And why do we ever stop doing that in the first place?
My guess is, we all reach a point of feeling like we’ve discovered who we are, and we simply stop trying new things. We decide that we’re not musically inclined, we hate cooking, and tennis is a ridiculous sport (despite the adorable tennis skirt you bought for the occasion).
Throw in the stress and busyness of having kids of our own, along with the social pressure to create the next child prodigy pianist, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for self-neglect.
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