The month of May is a whirlwind…in like a lamb out like a lion? Or is it the other way around? Or is that April or March? At any rate, this time of year can be a real DRAIN. I clearly blinked or watched a dvr show and missed half the year and a few recitals, book fairs, fundraisers and bunch of other shit in between. I don’t know where the time goes, but like socks in the dryer, it certainly goes, away, far away. Sigh, this is something called…wait for it…LIFE.
It’s been a rough year for my son, he’s struggling a bit and I am trying to ground myself to best help him. It’s nothing tremendously heartbreaking or detrimental to his health; he’s having some struggles in school. Then I go through things. And it sounds like this; omg, I should have done more for him, spend more time, work less, read just one more book, read more books, talk to him more in-depth about blah blah, etc. and on and on. You get the idea. No, actually, no. This is not about me. It’s about what can I do for him, presently, now. Well, one thing is for sure, I can love him, like I always do because I know I’m pretty exceptional at that. Just chill and trust the process!
May is also a time for endings and new beginnings; graduations, weddings, etc. Something I thought of while watching a video of a graduation speech is celebrating the continuation of the beginning (um, what? That sounds crazy complicated), because it’s not over yet. The journey. The path, whatever you want to call it. It changes; minute to minute. You have to be ready. What is that quote? Life happens when you make other plans? Amazing. Also, Dr. Seuss wisdom is pretty dope and speaks to these points quite nicely. Here are some of my favorites:
“Today was a good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one”: This works well when you need to remember, there is always tomorrow and today is done and you’re trying to stay positive.
“Think and wonder, wonder and think”: Always have a sense of wonder and imagination. If this part of you dies, it dies in those around you, including your children and family.
“Think and you can think any THINK that you wish”: You have to start somewhere, and any good start begins with a vision, a thought or a dream. Just start.
“If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good”: Take risks, let people around you see you take them, especially children, it’s ok to fail, and fail again, but you have to try or you will always wonder “what if”.
“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose”: If you so desire something, if you want something as much as you want to breathe, go after it. The ship may go in various different directions or hit obstacles – hell it may even sink, but you can choose the direction.
“You are you! Now isn’t that pleasant”: Brilliant, bold, beautiful, brave, you
“It is better to know how to learn than to know”: This one I love, because it doesn’t matter all the credentials you have, how many “letters” after your name. Learning is life long, a every day process. Life is doing.
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant”: Always tell the truth, pick your battles and know when to lay low.
“Be awesome! Be a book nut”: Read, read and read more.
“Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind”: Try to get out as much as you can. There will be days you just don’t feel like it and that’s ok, but just getting out and going for a drive, a walk, and exploring is amazing! Oh the things you will find!
“Teeth are always in style”: Enough said here, make that dentist appointment.
“Will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed”: You have to try, always, always, try.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It is not.” This one is probably my favorite. You can say you care about a cause or an issue but you have to act. Action. You have to do something. Movement makes this happen. Teach this. Live it. Do it.
With the help of his teachers and his school, his awesome sisters and daddy, my son is doing great. So is this mama. Pay attention to all the amazing graduation speeches you will see pop up on your Facebook feed; they will be epic. Remember your path, and with the help of Dr. Seuss we all can walk a little taller, shine a little brighter and smile a little bigger 😉 And check out these smiles 🙂
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