It’s been one, two, three, four, five years since we adopted our Little Yang. Five years that have flown fast. Five years worth of joy and five years that have challenged me as a mother as I’ve discovered how much I still have to learn.
It’s been this last year, as Little Yang has started Prep that I’ve realized how much he is still my baby and how much I want to protect him, especially from his learning delays.
It’s been a year since Miss Yin’s annual dance concert, which is on again this weekend and is always a big occasion (last year she won the ballet award, the year prior the most promising junior award). A year of seeing her blossom as a dancer and accepted into a dance excellence program for high school (hold me) next year.
It’s been a year of her developing the attitude to go with her hip hop and me discovering that when it comes to parenting a soon-to-be-teenager I still have lots to learn.
It’s been a year since I finished Ocsober and felt rather smug that I was on the path to healthy habits. A year during which I’ve fallen off the healthy wagon, got back on it in a big way for a while, and fallen off again. A year in which I’ve discovered that while I’m getting better at being kinder to myself, I still have much to learn.
It’s been a year of blogging highs and lows – 12 months of writing a regular article for the global Do You Yoga blog and a year of feeling mostly like a failure (because I haven’t tried) when it comes to my own blog and other writing.
It’s been a year since Halloween (and the Christian days of All Saints and All Souls) when maybe we think about death (and life) or maybe we just ponder the horror of the kid’s sugar hit.
It’s been a year since we’ve been here, at the start of November, on Melbourne Cup day, and once the race is run and won, finding ourselves staring down Christmas once more and wondering, in the midst of the busyness, where another year has disappeared to. Wondering why we still have so much to learn.
Before it gets to the end of the year, take a pause. Allow yourself to breathe. There’s two months left of the year (almost) – what do you want to make of it? What have you already made of the year so far?
I think I’ve found at least part of my calling in teaching yoga – it has taken me to Cloud Ten and the journey continues.
Just because we have lots to learn doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our successes. Just because we enjoy success doesn’t mean we should ever stop learning.
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT. Will you pause to reflect before the year rushes away? What will you be reflecting on?