Today's Wednesday Randomness is brought to you by an existential crisis.
My life’s mission has changed over time. As matter of fact, it changes pretty regularly. But, recently, I’ve realized that I’ve raised some pretty damn awesome kids. And, the only thing I really want is for them to think fondly of me, remember the lessons I’ve taught them, and possibly miss me every once in a while. The above Ed Sheeran song pretty much makes me bawl. Still. But it really signifies, to me, the fact that the kid is doing what he needed to do regardless of his feelings.
For the longest time (ha!), my life’s mission was to be my authentic self–so people would love me just the way I am. They wouldn’t want to change me, and I wouldn’t feel as though I needed to be someone different for them. I think I’ve managed this–more importantly, I’ve taught this lesson to my kids. Billy Joel did a great job singing about it in “Just the Way You Are.”
“Defying Gravity” is my favorite song from Wicked. Here are the FULL LYRICS in case you don’t know the song word-for-word like I do. LOL. The most important words, though, are the refrain: It’s time to try defying gravity. / I think I’ll try defying gravity. / Kiss me goodbye, I’m defying gravity. / And you won’t bring me down.
I hope my kids always have this self-determination and belief in themselves.
So, I guess my life’s mission statement would be: Raise human beings to be better than myself and to give them the skills to be happy with themselves first and foremost. If they can do it, they can teach it to others.
Here are links to the life’s mission statement of the others: