Sunday, 1 January 2017

"The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success."

Mrs M has some really quirky ways. I don't always understand the hippieish things that she does weekly and I would be lying if I said some of them don't make me chuckle a little. Despite this though the one thing I will always be is supportive because it's these actions that help keep her grounded, focused and happy when things aren't always going as planned. As part of our New years celebration with the boys she asked if we could join her in something that she does regularly and it was something that was perfect for the last evening of 2016.

I've never been one of those 'New Year, New Me' kind of guys but this year I am definitely more aware of how I want the next year to play out. There have been things I've wanted to get done for quite some time and have been terrible at putting these things into action, mainly because I am crap at being selfish and making time for things I want to do for me. 

Anyway, back to Mrs M's new years family activity, for the 4 of us to have a good think about what we would like to achieve in 2017. A new skill maybe? somewhere we've always wanted to visit? Or maybe just something we've always wanted to do and never tried. This was such a fitting activity for so many reasons. From a personal point, maybe actually writing things down that I had been thinking about would give me the motivation for putting them into action. It also gave me and Mrs M a great insight into what the boys wanted from 2017. I'm not sure how easy it going to be for us to help Opeie to fly but his plans gave us some great ideas for his homeschooling over the next few weeks and Seth's 'things to achieve' just reinforced what an intelligent and sensitive 10-year-old we have.

With our aspirations on paper, the next part of the task was to venture into the garden to set them on fire. As I said, this is something Mrs M does regularly and I have always seen it as one of her 'cute' quirks. Being a part of it last night though made me realise a little more why she does it and the boys loved being included (even if they did seem more excited about setting things on fire). We each took it in turns to burn our paper sending our plans for 2017 into the cold winter air.

As I said it was great to have some extra insight into the boys dreams for the future but I also think it is important for them to see that although we are adults and much of our time is taken up by being there for them and making them as happy as they can be, we also strive to achieve things for ourselves too so that we can continue this ongoing happiness that we work so hard to keep going.

I can't say that it is something that I will continue doing but I'm really glad that Mrs M included us in one of her quirky rituals. 

Happy new Year all, I hope you make 2017 amazing!!!

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