… and I literally did this morning.
My youngest wanted to take his bike to school today. He is ten years old and can easily do the 6-7 km on his own. But he wanted to go together with a friend, who lives a bit off the normal route. I decided to go with him, since he is not yet used to take the other way on his own yet. The route is slightly longer, but we avoid the busy roads and go on the old railroad which is now a very nice pathway.
Going by bike gave us time to talk about the things he is thinking of, to see a fox on its way home to its hole, to see buzzards, to notice the dandelions which have already faded and are ready to spread their seeds in all directions, all giving him a good start to his school day.
On my way home, I could smell the wild roses (Rosa Rugosa) and I got to think about what really matters to me.
Wake up and smell the roses means to appreciate life and the beauty of the world around us. To realize and appreciate what really matters.
And I do, I appreciate my life and I am thankful that I wake up every morning, healthy, happy and with my precious family around me.
Yesterday I talked with some former colleagues about the world we grew up in and the world our children grow up in. Social meadia, hunting “likes” on Facebook and Instagram, showing off our perfect lives and trying to pretend we are something else than we really are. Fake news, conspiracy theories on YouTube, they need to relate to all that all the time. We did not have to relate to all that when I was growing up.
Like everyone else, I dream of winning the lottery, taking a cruise, own a big house and all the goods money can buy. But, hey – I have a house, its neither big nor new, but I like it. I have enough money to have a pleasant life, I still have to save money for travel and a new (used) car , but it doesn´t matter. I have a good life and having more money won´t make me more happy. (However, it would probably make my life more convenient)
I am not lonely, I have friends and family, I had a good job and nice colleagues until recently and I will get a good job again. It is so easy to envy others, the have more money, a nicer life, a husband who pays them more attention, well behaved children and so on… the grass is always greener on the other side.
But that is not true – the grass is only greener where you water it! So it´s completely up to ourselves what we want with our lives. there are a lot of things we cannot do anything about, but the things in our lives which we can influence, we should change if we are not satisfied.