Eighteen years filled with so many memories, feelings, experiences, and learning opportunities. So many leaps and stages of development, not just for Riley, but for our entire family.
Some of the leaps were invigorating, adventurous and fun, some felt like they lasted forever and would never end. Like the rocky transition from pre-teen to teenager, every day I felt like I was holding my breath not sure what was going to walk through the door, my darling little boy or the young man trying to gain his balance with new responsibilities and emotions. Looking back, while this felt like an eternity, it was just a small blip on the screen even though it seemed all-consuming.
Other leaps felt like a shooting star, if you weren’t looking at the precise moment when it shot across the sky, you would miss it. In those moments, I wish my eyes were Polaroid cameras able to print out those pictures and memories.
As Riley gets ready for his next leap into adulthood, I find myself wanting to be the little string around his finger, reminding him of things I am so quick to forget myself because life is full of distractions and if not guarded carefully, years go by and time only speeds up.
Truth is, we are all in some sort of leap – one we like or don’t like. In fact, we are most likely in many different types of leaps all at the same time. I know as I think of my group of friends and family, I am surrounded by leapers who are going through some good ones and some bad ones. A friend in the final stages of divorce, another planning an extended trip abroad, another launching her new book, the moms and dad juggling work and daycare and summer schedules, businesses being started, search for funding sources for their big dream, my friends with loved ones struggling with difficult medical diagnosis’ and the list goes on.
So these reminders go out to Riley, you, me and all the other leapers. These nuggets come wrapped in my love and belief in you.
Whatever leap you are currently in, whether good or bad, remember:
- It won’t last forever (it may feel like it will, but it won’t). It may also feel all-consuming, but don’t let it rob you of all the good stuff that is circling around you.
- Take time to notice the small details to help you stay present. These physical details connect your experiences and your memories.
- Life is about expansion (change, growth, whatever you want to call it). Let yourself expand to learn what you are meant to learn to be the person you were designed to be.
Whether we want to or not, we all leap and we all land. In between is where the action is and the miracles happen. Enjoy living in the leap. Blink and it’s over.