My daughter is turning three today. I am so grateful to be around such a wonderful creature. Every day there will be a moment where I will look at her completely awestruck and amazed. I am sharing the top 8 life lessons I learned from her:
1. Say what you want and do not be afraid to say no
When my daughter wants something; we know. She is an expert in expressing her needs and making sure they are heard. She will say no if she does not agree. She is good in setting her personal boundaries.
Lesson: Clearly express what you want to your partner, your boss and everyone else. The worst thing that can happen is that they say no. You can survive that. What you cannot expect is that they read your mind. Also learn to say no yourself.
My calendar is blank. Except for my yoga classes. And a coaching session now and then which I love doing. I can choose what to do each day. Maybe explore a new beach. Maybe just stay home by the pool. I am on a Sabbatical in Koh Samui Thailand. Some would say I am free.
That would be accurate except for the fact that I cannot do any activity uninterrupted for more than 1.5 hours. I have not been able to sleep in for years. I have not gone out in the evening for months. I have a baby and a toddler.
We all give up part of our freedom. Some for money. Some for security. Some for love. Unless you are in prison, your invisible cage is self-imposed. The question is: Are you happy in your cage?