The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it – Peter Pan
Today I was taught a lesson by my kids. It’s a lesson I already know but one that I really need to remember.
There I was, trying to sun myself. I was a bit tired so fancied just chilling for a while by the pool. Who was I kidding? I’m a mum of three and am on holiday on my own with them – there is no such thing as a chill! However, the more I tried and failed, the more annoyed I got. My answers became curt and my patience was at breaking point.
My kids failed to notice this though (nothing new there) and just as I was about to explode, Ella handed me the most beautiful flower and told me it would look great in my hair.
This small act changed everything. I took a step back. Tried to remember what it was like being a child and honestly had trouble remembering. I can’t remember not being tired. I can’t remember when my imagination dictated my day and I can’t remember the last time I was ever as excited by something as my kids are on a daily basis.
So I did something I haven’t done for a long time. I played as a child would play. I screamed in delight as I went down the slides, I did handstands in the pool, I had a cartwheel race (nearly breaking my wrists), I splashed, I laughed and I loved every minute.
Was it really that long ago that I last played like that? I know as adults, there’s a certain amount of responsibility we have to have but jeez, sometimes we need to let loose and enjoy the ride.
That little flower was so significant for me! It represented all the times my kids have reached out to me, tried to get me to play but I’ve been too busy, too tired, too absorbed in everything else around me.
Time is something we’ll never get back and as clichéd as it sounds, I for one want to make sure I’m never too busy to make memories.