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A life lived vicariously

One thing I really love about having a daughter is doing all the things I love to do, what I loved to do as a kid or what I missed out on doing as a kid. This is definitely what I would call living vicariously.

The weekends become a succession of first time adventures like:

  • First time on the sand in Wamberal
  • First visit to Sydney Aquarium
  • First museum visit
  • First visit to Luna Park
  • First trip to Taronga Zoo
  • First ferry trip
  • First birthday
  • First ride on a Ferris wheel
  • First movie
  • First circus
  • First bushwalk
  • First Halloween
  • First ballet at the Opera House
  • First Chinese New Year
  • First sushi train
  • First award for dancing
  • First big girls ride at Sea World
  • First scooter ride
  • First Vivid night lights
  • First visit to the dentist

The possibilities are almost endless and I honestly don’t know who is enjoying themselves more. Of course there will be less firsts as time goes on and there will be a time when my daughter won’t want me to be a part of her firsts, but I am enjoying the special moments while I can and looking forward to different sorts of first in the future.

What are your favourite firsts with your little ones? What should I add to my list? Would you like to share a story of one of your firsts? Email me on roshan@roshansramblings.com

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It’s the simple things

Today, we have a short post for a simple idea. It’s not often that we take the time to appreciate the simple things in life.

The feeling when you are walking through the park on a sunny day

Sitting down and enjoying  the breeze and the view

The taste of your favourite ice cream

The smell after a good rain shower

The sound of the city or even of silence

I’m sometimes so busy getting to where I am going or thinking about what I want to do, that I forget to stop and look around me. So much can be missed this way.

Maybe feeling joy about the little things is a better way to enjoy every day life and not get bogged down in the things that can irritate us.

I’m sure this is no revelation. Monks have been teaching this kind of thing in Buddhism for year’s right?

There is also something to be said for living in the moment and not worrying about what’s around the corner. Perhaps not a good long term savings plan, but a life full of experiences instead. And who’s to say which is more valuable?

Personally, I almost always go for the experience and not worry about money. But this can also be dangerous, so you sometimes have to be selective and reasonable in your choices and not go abseiling in favour of being able to buy groceries for the week.

By enjoying the simple things in life, you can get satisfaction on a budget. It costs nothing to go to the park, go for a walk and use your senses to tune into the world around you.

And what a wonderful world it is if you can only take the time to  stop and look around.

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