As my children grow older and start making their own choices I see their lives with wonder. Their lives can be written in a blank canvass, they can make their own mistakes, they have their won dreams to pursue fitted and tailored to their personalities. They are fully aware of the costs involved in pursuing higher education in this day and age, they have the information needed to make their choices but ultimately the choices will be theirs. Of course their dad and myself will have some input in those choices, being the voice of reason sometimes, encouraging them to be themselves and do something that they love but ultimately the choices are theirs.
To me this is so exciting, to see another human being grow and take shape, make decisions every step of the way and the level of maturity and independence that this entails. It makes me proud to be able to listen and provide advice. It makes me proud that both my children have learnt empathy, to take care of themselves and also of other people, that they are happy individuals with a positive outcome in live living it with enthusiasm.
Sometimes, as we grow older and we have more responsibilities, we can become cynical, tired in our view of the world. Being with children makes us see live in a new light again and believe that anything is possible if we open our minds and hearts to it.