Last week I took my little cousin to the park and watched as she went on the swing - effortlessly going higher and higher all while wearing an eager smile that spread across her face. And I began to think about all the things that I've lost as I've gotten older. The naive notions that everything and everyone is good in this world, that my parents are never wrong, that fairies exist and that i'll never get my heart broken. As I watched my 8 year old cousin enjoying herself on the swing, with not a care in the world - I desperately ached for her to stay this way forever; to be eternally imbued with a sense of happiness and confidence that the world will always be good to her. I never want her to feel pain or watch anyone make her cry. When we love people dearly I suppose its only natural to hope that they never experience a reason to hurt but the reality is that they do and they will. As much as we may try, we cannot protect others from suffering. If we did - we may be preventing them from experiencing immense personal growth and opportunities for learning. -
All we can do is be there and maybe offer guidance and support when they need it.
Although as we age there are so many things that we lose - there are many more things that we gain. I realized that my parents don't have all the answers but I learned to respect them all the more for their humility & the wisdom that they were able to provide. I still believe in miracles & fairies & angels & an infinite higher power. I learned how to love myself & others deeper by knowing heartache. Lastly, by realizing that there are severe injustices that exist and that not everything and everyone is good - gave me the courage and motivation to impart whatever goodness I can on this world while I am here. I suppose that is all we can do.