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My Favorite Life Lesson from My 2 Year Old

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

“Good luck when he turns two,” they say. “It’s a whole different ball game at two,” you might hear. “There’s a reason why they call it the ‘terrible twos’,” others laugh.

It was daunting. What could the twos really be like? Parenting has been challenging at every stage, but it evolves in types of difficulty as we go. But the twos? With him turning 3 next week, I have to say it.  Call me crazy but…

I enjoyed him as a two-year-old.

Yes, there have been challenging moments. Yes, there were times when I questioned my sanity, but, also, yes, there was something endearingly special about this age too.

Two is when his personality seemed to really blossom because two – it seemed – like he was becoming more independent and more in tune with the idea that he might just be a person very much separate from me (cue mama tears).

I don’t think we can deny that adulting is so consuming that it’s sometimes easy to forget the truly good things in life.   It took me a while to realize, but I think this is where the blessing of kids come in. With his blossoming personality and not a responsibility in the world I come to realize that he is reminding me about what’s really important in life – the things that make the soul truly happy. No to-do lists, no bills, no restrictions – just soulful happiness.  Life lessons, if you will.

As I reflect over the past year, these moments I just can’t forget.  I learned and was reminded from him what life is really about, and it’s about…

…feeling freedom simply from running aimlessly

…a gleeful stop to blow dandelions on a brisk walk

…dancing to the beat like no one is watching

…forgiving and forgetting quickly

…recognizing that trees and waterfalls are really some of the most beautiful things in the world.

…noting that the moon is magical and worth looking for every night.

…finding joy in the little things like getting your favorite colored gummy bear.

…kissing with real intention, loving honestly and genuinely.

…realizing that strangers aren’t scary unless you want them to be.

…feeling and expressing emotions thoroughly and that acknowledging them is an underrated way to cope.

…imagining one object or one person having infinite abilities – seeing more potential in little things that we adults often stopped seeing.

…food that speaks to your soul – there really are certain foods that can put a smile on your face!

…not needing much to be happy – contentment comes in the form of mom, dad, and your favorite toy.

All in all, it’s about living like every day and every moment is the best day ever.  It’s living life in full and savoring the little details that give the day honest meaning.

Live in the moment, friends.

Live like a 2-year-old.

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