Growing up

I am imbued with a sense of excitement – for you as you go into the world. Beyond adventure and travel, this is symbolic of the independence, the adulthood you are embarking upon.

Because I have lived longer years and seen more things that could go wrong than you, I am feeling far less invincible though this ought not deter you. It does not mean I have little faith in you, nor does it get in the way of me wishing the best for you on your travels.

What is the point of youth if not to cultivate the spirit of calculated sensible risk?

I wish this journey will reinforce your confidence, belief in your self and in decision-making. I hope you will catch a glimpse of your purpose and a future which seems veiled.

I am grateful and celebrate your sensibility, adaptability, worldliness, open-mindedness, intelligence and emerging wisdom. They will serve you well.

In moments of stress, be still. And in silence, you will hear the answer.

This is poignant, as it heralds the passing of an era into the separateness of you and me. When I left home at 18, little did I know that I will never again return. It marked a significant turning point in my life, as this trip I hope will be for you. Yes, you will be welcomed home, always. 🙂  And we will still be close (I insist on it!) yet respect for your passage into adulthood means a distance I must keep, so you can take the steps you need.

I am reminded of Khalil Gibran’s poem “On Children” – I have now launched the arrow (you) and all I can do is pray the wind will take you where you wish to go. Sometimes it won’t but I have no doubt, the arrow has been sharpened to pierce the toughest obstacle.

My task now is not to revisit the moments and judge the bow I constructed, the tension which I had strung the string and the bending as I let go.

You are a good person, and you know this means much to me. I am happy.

Once again, all is well.

~ FlorenceT


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