When I was Young...

Spending time with toddlers like I did yesterday reminds me of two things: One, I have an undisclosed case of baby fever (I can literally hear the "tick tock" at times) and two I miss the innocence and freedom of being so young.

On days that I feel less then sure that I am on the right path (as was the case for a few moments today) I often find myself looking back to my youth for hints at who I wanted to be before money and prestige even became a factor.

Like someone who was active as a part of her every day life (learning to sit the right way on the bike made a huge difference in this venture)

Or someone who lived creatively and channelled her inner artist when she could (being a drama queen doesn't quite count!!)

A girl who take pride in the continuous pursuit of formal and informal education

Someone who could literally "tackle" new tasks no matter how strange, icky and foreign they seem at first

And a person who stayed true to herself, her passions and her love for all living things (pandas included!)

When I was young I wanted to be a writer, a veterinarian, a dentist, and a teacher. Yet, despite my many career aspirations there were elements that never changed. And while today I have none of the professions  I once that I would have I can safely say I did my very best to stay true to who I always was.

I'm on the right path after all.

And thankfully I grew out of that hairstyle and flower costume just in the nick of time...

So tell me, what is one thing you learned at a young age that you still hold true today?


  1. ha ha such cute kid pictures :) I had a mullet therefore will never post that!!!

  2. Cute pictures!!

    I learned from my dad that you don't always get what you want. Even though the lesson included listening to the Rolling Stones 190000 times. It's cheesy, but true - you don't always get what you want but you DO get what you need.

  3. When i was little I learned the value of working before you play...work hard and play hard. That hasn't changed, and it's done nothing but benefit me in life so far:)

  4. I grew up during a civil war and came to Canada with my family when I was eight.

    When I was young, I learned that in the darkest moments faith will see you through.

    And I still hold on to that belief today.

  5. Aw cute pictures! :)

    Hmmm... I learned that books can be a fantastic escape. Still love reading.

  6. Funny enough, I loved to write. I wrote a mini-novel in 3rd grade that I love going back and reading.

    PS- and weren't you a cute kid?!!

  7. I learned that hard work ALWAYS pays off in the end, even if it's not the "pay off" I was initially looking for.

  8. I learned that everything happens for a reason, and that is SO true!

  9. Things have been hard lately, especially $-wise, and I've been questioning the same thing - but I looked at an old journal entry (circa middle school/junior high) after reading this post, and saw that I'd written that I wanted to be a professor! I'd totally forgotten that this has been my dream forever - so I just have to make it through a bajillion years of school!

  10. gosh, I have no idea what I learned when I was little...all I ever wanted to be was a mommy...had no idea though how hard it is to be a mommy..and how much work my mom put into us...it really makes you appreciate what you parents went through for you when you go through it yourself...