Capricorns are big dreamers. I’ve always had big ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up (or not be, as the case may be!). I’m lucky to have always had the support of my family and friends whenever I’ve wanted to achieve something. But it takes more than luck and support; it takes dedication, a lot of hard work, and the strength to stand up and try again if, at first, you fail. And that’s a lesson I want to teach my son.
My little man is an Aquarius, a creative thinker who likes doing things his own way. At only 8 months of age, that much is already evident. I can’t wait to see what he wants to be when he grows up, and help him as much as I can in achieving his dreams. But, more importantly, I want to focus more on teaching him what it takes to achieve one’s dreams, rather than how to do so. It’s important to me that he knows that he can do anything he puts his mind to, so long as he also puts in the required effort, as well.
I’ve posted before about how I enjoy studying and have obtained several university degrees. I mention it not to boast, but to illustrate what can be achieved with enthusiasm, support, dreams, and most importantly, a whole lot of hard work. More than once I’ve been told I’m nuts for continuing into postgraduate study, that I’ll be so busy and unable to “do stuff”. But studying the things I’ve studied was one of my dreams, and I have achieved it. It happened because I worked my butt off and didn’t listen to anyone who suggested it was too hard or implied that I couldn’t do it. I’m proud of myself for achieving this, and now I have a concrete example to show my son what hard work can do.
Another of my dreams is to be a published author. I am yet to publish my own book (working on it!), but I have not only had work published, I have also been the publisher. Christian and I collaborated on a project of his devising, which collected stories from senior citizens to help preserve their experiences and share their wisdom with future generations. Through the sale of the the three volumes we’ve published, we raised over $4000 for charity. It’s a great series, with lots of wonderful stories – you can check out The Yarns Project on Facebook.
The point of this particular anecdote is that we took an idea, made it a reality, and made a difference to many people along the way. We made something from literally nothing, because we believed we could, we made others believe we could (and even recruited people to participate in collecting/preparing the content), and we worked hard for five years to produce those books. We can tell J that his mummy and daddy made a real impact on the lives of hundreds of people (through the books themselves, as well as the proceeds) by dreaming big and believing in ourselves and our abilities. There’s a good lesson here, in confidence and perseverance and accountability, but also compassion and empathy.
I’m a big fan of motivational and inspirational quotes. I will often keep those I come across that really speak to me and whatever situation I happen to be in at the time. But few have really impacted me the way this one has. The good quotes are those that teach us a lesson, that make us look deep within ourselves, and not only impact our behaviour, but compel us to share our lessons with others.
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Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!
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