I'm now 33 years young.
And every year I gain, I get more and more introspective about my life. Not surprising. I know that as you get older you start to gain perspective that you don't always have when you are younger. So, just because I know you absolutely will NOT be complete until you know, here are some things I've been chewing on: (that was sarcasm, btw).
*people want to know what you think, but with the freedom to not have to think the same thing.
*It may be best to keep your mouth shut.
*It may be best to speak up.
*Knowing the difference of when to speak up and when to be quiet is governed by a very thin line. And you will spend the rest of your life trying to figure out that line.
*I do not need to try and control my kids and their emotions. But I can give consequences for their lack of control with them.
*teaching your kids that it okay to be angry at mommy or daddy, is very freeing. (but no, you can't call me names like "meany.").
*a lot of the things that I learned about my parenting style were legalistic, controlling behaviors that I myself was enslaved too. God's grace gives some great instruction in parenting. (and no, that doesn't mean my kids "run wild in rebellion.").
*It's okay to not be okay. It's okay to let others "not be okay." It's GREAT to admit, out loud, that you are not okay.
*life is a precious gift and no matter how difficult the day, the next one is typically a little bit easier.
that's all for now.