I love my kids’ imagination.
In a matter of minutes yesterday my 4 and a half year old and his almost 2 year old sister and turned an empty cardboard box into a “police ship”. It had a paper towel tube mast and a basket steering wheel. It was filled with stuffie passengers, a yellow balloon and their quesadilla lunch. Then, they instantly switched the box to be a musical train. Chairs were added, a harmonica came out, along with cymbals and a slide whistle.
My kids are still young, they are still able to get completely and confidently wrapped up in imagination, in big dreams, in becoming what ever they want to be in that moment. And they are not afraid to change who they are or become someone new and better.
It made me think about my own personal identity and how as adults we often strive to figure out who we are and how we define ourselves.
I heard this phrase yesterday in an interview with a woman who had created a drama program for troubled teens, she said she wanted a place where these teens could become the ‘best versions of themselves.’
My kids are always the best versions of themselves.
Even in the middle of an epic meltdown, they are pretty grounded in who they are, but confident they can go anywhere.
Ask a young kid what they want to be when they grow up and you’ll often hear “ladybug fire fighter” or “astronaut doughnut maker.”
But somewhere after cardboard police ships, we start to try to apply labels to ourselves. Perhaps who are friends are, or what sport we excel at in highschool, or our college degree, or our job title, or our family status.
You are not your label.
You are so much more.
I am a mom.
It is my most proud label, I always wanted to be a mom and even in the middle of an epic meltdown, I am still grounded in being a mom.
But I am also a wife and a daughter and a best friend. Other labels I proudly wear.
I am a vanilla latte connoisseur, a Gossip Girl watcher and a once and future endurance cyclist.
And recently I defined myself as a Mommy Strategist. In my quest to “find my thing,” I realized I really want to help other moms find their thing too. We are all so much more than our labels. We have more to offer, more to give, more to enjoy.
Want to use your camera more? Do it. Want to learn the harmonica? Awesome! Try a new recipe? You’re a chef now! Learn to stand up paddle board? Me too!
Like the police ship turned music train, my best version of myself is always evolving.
And that is ok.
Its more than ok, it is exactly perfect.
Maybe I’ll try out ladybug firefighter too.
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