I’ve been celebrating children’s day all alone for the past 28 years. For a long time, I wasn’t even aware of what I child I still am. But since you’ve come into my life, the 1st of June has a different meaning to me. For three years now, on this special day, I’m being reminded what I child I have, what a child I am, and what the children of this world we live in need so much.
As a mother, there are so many things I want to offer you. Yet I can’t help but notice how all the children crossing my way make me feel that I have a responsibility to all of them. I guess once you become a parent, you start seeing children differently. All children. Because you can’t love to pieces one tiny soul and be indifferent about all the other tiny souls in the world.
Don’t Feel Scared Because I Feel Like a Child Too
I promise I won’t let it show.
I’m only writing this here, so you can hopefully see it years later, and understand that it’s OK if you too will feel like a child even when the world tells you “you’re not supposed to”.
It’s the secret we all live by. We’re all children of this world. We all feel tiny at times. We all secretly fancy playing all day long. Our toys may have changed, but our souls and our desires and longings, not so much.
Just because we put up our grown-up pants and sometimes raise our voices and use the “because I say so” stupid phrase, doesn’t mean we’re any better (sorry, not sorry about the s word — I know we don’t talk like that in this house, though I’m pretty sure that by the time you’ll be reading this letter, you’ll be used to it).
Don’t Forget That It’s All Up to You
I’m going to keep this short because I want to wrap up this letter and then storm upstairs where you’re now growing your grandma's white hair, and I will swipe you off your feet to a day of play. There are only two things I desperately want for you — to stay healthy and to know that you have the power in you.
I do my best for the first thing.
Yet I want to take advantage of children’s day and this letter I’m writing to you, to work on the second thing. “The power is in you” is the only lesson you need to thrive and succeed in this world.
Everything you’re going to achieve, personally or professionally, will depend on just how much you’re willing to change yourself. To make the things that feel hard and that your body and mind resist to, but which are so necessary to get you where you want to be.
The sooner you realize this, the more you’ll be able to do with your life. In this life. There’s nothing else (other than you being healthy) that I want you to understand faster than I did.
Don’t Expect Anything but Growing Up and Feeling Like a Child
You’ve got this!
You’ll bump into all sorts of people who will try to tell you what to feel, what to think, what to believe, and what you can. All those people are barriers standing in the way of your happiness. I want you to be aware of it. I want you not to let them be your barriers and not to turn into such a barrier yourself.
I want you to believe that you can change at any point in your life. And that you’re the only one in charge of how much you can change and in what direction.
For now, the only way that I know of to help you learn this valuable lesson is by playing with you.
Let me take you out to play.
Let me play the adult who guards you while you spread your wings on the playing court of life. Let me be mesmerized at you growing the belief that you can be anything and you can do anything, as long as you want it.
Let’s slow down and watch the seed of self-confidence growing in your warm little soul.
Let’s slow down to the point where we’ll hear the snails eating their leaves for breakfast on this children’s day morning!