What will we leave behind? What will people remember? What do you want them to remember? What will I leave behind?
I hope my kids will one day say that I taught them to stop and listen and look around. Look up, look at the stars and appreciate what is around us and who we are. I try to teach them this one little thing.
Stop and listen. Listen to the wind. Listen to the story it tells.
Stop and watch. Watch the waves as they roll in, watch the sun raise or set. Watch the storm develop, watch the butterfly dance in the air.
Breathe in and smell the air, the different scent it has. Smell the weather, the season, the flowers, there is so much out there.
Let your head fall back and glance up, mouth wide open, tongue out and try to catch those snowflakes or drops of rain and just taste them. Enjoy good food. The sweetness of fruits.
Just feel, hear, taste, smell and experience how beautiful life is.
That is probably the most important thing of what I want my kids to remember. What I hope that they will tell their friends, spouses or kids one day.
But I also want them to remember that I taught them:
To stop and enjoy.
To stand up for themselves.
That it’s okay to say no.
That you got to life your live and not wait for it to happen.
I want them to know what it feels like to be loved.
If they look back one day and say “This is what mom and dad taught us” and “mom and dad loved us”, then I will be one happy girl 🙂