For the last few weeks my nine-year-old, Peter, has been wanting to use a remote control to either make the days go backward so he can relive Christmas or New Year’s, or go forward to his birthday or to when he’ll be 16 like his older brother.
Then there are the days when he wants to pause time. Such as Valentine’s Day when we were eating chocolate cake and giving each other cards. Or when we take a walk on the beach or play in the snow.
Frankly, I don’t blame him. I’ve been wanting my own remote control for life for as long as I can remember. Especially now that I’m a parent.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could fast forward through the sleepless nights of the newborn weeks and skip to the cute three-month-old days. Is your teen giving you attitude? Go back to the days when he was a sweet toddler singing along with Blues Clues. Pause the moments when you’re giggling with your kids, or when they share a secret or say, “I love you mommy.”
As I watch my three morph from babies and kids into tweens and teens, I become more and more aware that my time with them is somewhat limited. Their world is expanding, and more and more people are entering their spheres of influence.
I can’t help but remember what it felt like when I was their ages. I was obsessed with making my dreams come true. Now that I’m a parent, I think about how I can help them achieve their dreams. And though I still have wishes for myself, I find that most of my wishes are for them.
Tom, Lizzy and Peter I wish for you:
That you each fall deeply and profoundly in love. The type of love that makes you not able to eat or sleep. The dizzying, electric, all-consuming love that makes your heart skip a beat every time the person walks into the room. And I wish that they feel the same for you.
That the person you fall madly in love with is the person you get to spend your life with. I’ve been lucky enough to have that with your dad, and it’s a gift I truly want for each of you. Don’t settle for less.
May you find something you love to do, and do it well enough to earn a living at it. People aren’t kidding when they say that if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. And once you find that, don’t let anyone, including me or your dad deter you.
Surround yourself with people who love and accept you for who you are. Don’t waste your time on people who try to make you into something else. This is a lesson that took me a while to learn. My wish for you is that it’s doesn’t take you as long.
Don’t spend too much time trying to be somebody you’re not. The sooner you’re clear on what you love, from the food you eat, to the courses in school you really want to take, to the jobs you accept, the happier you’ll be.
Find something you believe deeply in and spend your time making it become a reality. Don’t worry if it seems too big to achieve. And don’t let anyone tell you it’s a waste of time.
Enjoy the process of getting to where you want to go. That’s where the fun lies. It might sound appealing to have a Fast Forward or Rewind button in life and speed past the harder or more difficult parts. But these are usually the times where some of your biggest and best lessons will be learned. Once you achieve a goal, you’ll find another, bigger, better one to set your sites on. Appreciate and celebrate even the smallest milestones.
Don’t let fear guide your life. Is there a new class that sounds interesting, but you think it might be too hard? Want to audition for the school play, or ask out the girl in your math class? Is it your dream to move to the mountains or the city? Remember, it’s totally normal to get scared, especially when you try something new. My wish is that you do it anyway.
Remember these are my wishes for you. Don’t be afraid to make your own. Don’t worry if they’re different from mine.
Myke Todd says
Yours is a solid road map, for maneuvering through life’s course. I like it.
In my house, I never get to hold the remote control, unless American Idol is on. Then, it is just because I have the task of fast forwarding through commercials or going to back to a highlight again. Hey, I have skills.
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Janine Huldie says
I truly wish so much of this for my own girls and like your kids so often they do wish away days though to get to others, but am hoping they can enjoy each new day as it comes, as well as try new things out even if the are unsure or have some trepidation or fears about it, as well.
Just beautiful Kathy. Your children are so lucky you are their mom!!
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Alisa / Icescreammama says
Great wishes! Wish I had read them when I was younger. Maybe I would’ve been a little more adventurous. But Iwant no part of the time remote. I saw the movie, click. It’s not a good thing. 😉
Lisa Weinstein says
Can I steal this and give the same advice to my daughter!!! xoxo
Love your wishes. I have my own for my boys. Love these 2 lines Kathy, “Don’t be afraid to make your own. Don’t worry if they’re different from mine. ”
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Aw, this made me tear up. It is such a sweet gift to give your children. Wish I would have heard this when I was younger. Thank you so much for sharing them.
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