Whilst walking home from school earlier this week I said to Mia ‘oh isn’t it a miserable day today’.. she looked up at me and said ‘well the sky is a little grey Mummy but look at those flowers, they are beautiful’. She didn’t think the rain and dark clouds were so bad, she embraced the beauty of the snow drops that grow just up from our house. And every day since she’s stopped to look at them and said ‘see Mummy, it’s not a miserable day, they are so bright and pretty’.
Life changes when you’re a parent, you swap nights out for nights in, heels for flats, takeaways every other night for home cooking… but it’s not just how we live life that changes, it’s how we look at life. Before the children came along I didn’t care for much, I was frivolous, I didn’t appreciate much, if anything. Life to me was just what we had to do. Nowadays I take in everything, the way the sky bursts with colour, the way the leaves float to the ground on a crisp autumn morning, the hearty belly giggles of the two little people I created.
I created them, they lived inside me for nine whole months, I bought them into the world, this world, a world that gives us so much. I’ve watched them grow, I’ve held their tiny hands as they took their first steps, picked them up when they’ve fallen, wiped their tears and tickled their toes. I have my down times, times where I lose hope, lose the power to enjoy. But then I’m reminded by a little smile or a tight cuddle that life is worth so much. That I don’t need expensive items, or tequila, or six-inch heels to truly live life.
Why wouldn’t I appreciate everything when I have been given the purest gift of all?
Life through a child’s eyes is fun, every day is new and exciting and filled with possibility. The simplest things bring happiness. Children give us enthusiasm for life, hope for the future and joy in our hearts. They’ve given me a gift, the gift of appreciation. Appreciation for the world around me, appreciation for life and appreciation for simple pleasures. They’ve reminded me that pure, complete happiness is still possible.
And they don’t even know it.
Take a chance, splash in puddles, go as high as you can on the swing, laugh like you don’t have a care in the world. I think we all need to look at life through a child’s eyes once in a while, take everything in and appreciate the beauty of the world. Just stop for a minute, enjoy the moment, life through a child’s eyes is a wonderful place to be.
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