I recently met my nephew, Nolan. He was born on January 21, 2017, to two very excited parents and a very unknowing 1-year-old sister.
I loved being able to hold that new baby in my arms. He is so small. He is completely dependent on his parents and cannot care for himself. Sometimes I like to reflect on when I was younger and relied completely on my parents.
I grew up in a small town and spent most of my time outdoors in the fields surrounding my house. I would usually image games in my head and use the scenery as my props.
I specifically remember imagining how wonderful it will be to be an adult. I wanted to drive my own car, attend college, marry my best friend, and raise a family. Nothing sounded like more fun than being an adult.
Now that I am an adult, I find that being an adult requires work and sacrifice. I pay to drive my own car. I pay to go to school and my husband and I work together to have a strong relationship. While there are wonderful things about being a “grown-up”. There is a beautiful thing about a child and their innocence and dependence.
I find happiness where I am in life. If I could teach Nolan a secret to many secrets of happiness, it would be to find happiness in whatever situation you find yourself in.
Take a moment and reflect on when you were a kid. Did you always want to grow up? Or did you think like Peter Pan and plan on staying a child forever? What makes you happy now that you never imagined would make you happy as a kid.