Dinosaurs go extinct when they lose touch with their inner child.
Raising T, a child with endless energy and a disability called FASD, can feel like I’m aging in double time – but it keeps me young.
Even when I’m exhausted by T, I am amused by his imagination, as he turns our home into his creative playground – one day a fort, another day a race track or a McDonald’s drive thru.
Playing with T energizes my mind and brings a different perspective to other areas of my life, be it personal or work.
I recently reflected about the importance of not losing touch with our inner child – and how we can keep that spirit alive.
In my early 40s, I still love my comics, childhood shows, horror movies, and video games.
I’ve tried with limited success to pass onto T my childhood interests – such as the Power Rangers. Despite the dinosaur themes, T has shown no interest so far. 😆
It’s about building time for self care, including carving out alone time for yourself.
It’s about staying curious about what’s current and being open to trying things out.
It’s about doing our best to not let hardships chip away at our childlike optimism – while staying grounded and pragmatic.
Two weekends ago, the hubby and I introduced T to the original Jurassic Park movie, which came out 30 years ago.
I remember watching it around T’s age and finding it scary – so this would be T’s first horror movie.
He loved it! Although we watched it over two days, after he stopped it during the intense T-Rex scene and chastised us, “Did you want to give me nightmares!?” 😆
After he finished the movie, we played Everest, this time we were taking a drive through Jurassic Park and were being attacked by the T-Rex.
Did you want to guess who roleplayed as the loud and destructive T-Rex?
Being T’s parent teaches me so much about resiliency, especially when things feel hard, exhausting or overwhelming.
One of T’s strengths is his ability to bounce back from things – every day is a new day.
Whether that’s because he’s a child or because of his disability, it’s a good lesson for me to stay the course and keep the faith.
This past Friday, we received a lovely email from his teacher. Each student created a video related to a reading and writing assignment about dinosaurs.
This was T’s work. He did awesome! Hearing his sweet voice reading, and the growth in his skills, was a wonderful way to start the weekend!
These moments are what keep me going.