A bright spring day, full of anticipation for green and warmth welcomes my kitten. She has been in the house most of her life, watching the older cats travel in and out on a daily basis. Today, after spending time in the garage and on a leash, I have decided she can go outside in the sun.
What new sights and sounds will she encounter? Birds are singing. Small critters are roaming the grass for a treat. There is pounding in the back ground of a garage being constructed. With wonder she creeps through the yard, a mix between excitement and nervousness. I’m nervous too. Having faith that she can make it on her own for a bit, I leave her to explore.
This scenario is played out again and again, while raising children. Each new step taken, I hold my breath, as my child learns to adventure on her own. This week, the new adventure is middle school track. My daughter has selected hurdles as her race to conquer. Cheering her on, with anxiety in toe, wondering how I will react if she trips and falls. Yet, she must trip and fall, to fully understand the “hurdles” in life. She can’t avoid them. I can’t be on the track to lift her up and over them. I can’t even be next to her, if she falls, to pick her up, as I have been all of her life. I need to trust that she has within her, the strength to handle the hurdles.
I need to have faith and release her to herself. If not, she will never be able to fully experience the freedom of flying over the hurdles
Allow your kitten or kid to soar to new heights. You can hold the space for her on the sidelines and cheer him on from the stands. You have the strength to release them to the winds.
Susan J. McFarland
April 10, 2018