Love Your Parents. We Are So Busy Growing Up, That We Forget They Are Also Growing Old

by - February 16, 2017

This weeks WW is a little bit different than posts I've written in the past, because it doesn't just have a message for young twenty-something's like myself, but is something I think everyone needs to hear.
I stumbled across this quote sometime last week, and thought it was nice, but never saved it into my archives because I didn't think I'd ever write a Wisdom Wednesday about it. I figured, I love my parents, that's a given, I don't need to get sappy on my blog about it. Except now I do need to get sappy about it and I do need to bring it up.

I write this with a bit of a heavy heart, because it wasn't until I heard of the tragic passing of an acquaintances father, that I started thinking about just how true this quote is.

I fully understand that everyone gets older, and that it's that age that is eventually going to lead to death. I am not naïve in thinking that any one person will outlive the rest of us. I know that everyone has a time to go, and that at some point each of our loved ones will. (I am also sorry if this is a bit dark for a Wednesday afternoon, but I promise there is some light at the end of my point.)However sometimes it isn't until we experience that loss, whether it be personally or through someone we know, that that thought really resonates with us.

And personally, as a twenty-something this quote not ring more true with me. Because I am so caught up in me growing up and becoming an adult, dealing with the post-graduate job market and bills, and all of the things I couldn't wait to be able to do when I was younger, that I truly do forget that my parents, the people who have supported me through every stage of my life are also growing older.
And I think I am lucky in that, my parents are healthy people, and I fully expect them to be around for a long time. But perhaps my issue lies in that fact that in the past I've relied too heavily on that thought being true. When the reality is sometimes life throw's you a tragic curveball you never would have seen coming, and when you hear of something like that happening you really stop to think about how short life is, and how anything can happen.

So I urge you today, or whenever you may read this to think about your parents, or your grandparents and remember that even though they may not be here forever, they may be here now and that is important. Call your mom and say you love her, or thank your dad for always believing in you. take a moment to appreciate their lives, and the life they gave you.

And since I know at least one of my parents will read this, I'll take this as a moment to say mom and dad, I love you. And thank you for being the best parents I could have ever wished for. Thank you for supporting me, financially, emotionally, spiritually. For not being too hard on me for making incredibly stupid decisions, and for being there for me through everything. I know that you won't be around forever, and neither will I, but I plan on cherishing every moment that we do have together (even when we are all getting on each other's nerves!)

Much Love,
Spenser xx

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