Monday, 13 April 2015

life lessons for my children

I've been tagged by Rachel of Rachel in Real life in this beautiful post about the five life lessons she'd like her son to learn.  Started by Michelle of Mummy from the Heart, the rules of the #Big5meme are pretty self explanatory, but I'm sure you'll be shocked to see I haven't exactly followed them... 

As kind of a personal tribute to the late great Terry Pratchett, we have some quotes of his around the house, so I'm going to use them as my rules.  Not actual rules, obviously, but more like thoughts I'd like them to keep in mind. 

A good plan isn't one where someone wins, it's where nobody thinks they've lost.
     - The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

There isn't a way things should be.   There's just what happens,  and what we do. 
     - A Hat Full Of Sky

Sometimes the only thing you could for people was to be there.
     - Soul Music

Goodness is about what you do.  Not who you pray to.
     - Snuff

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die.  That is true, it's called Life.
     - The Last Continent

And an extra one, so that they know it's okay to bend the rules - sometimes you're meant to do five of something, but maybe you can squeeze in just one more...


“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.”
“And what if your story doesn’t work?”
“You keep changing it until you find one that does.”

     - The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

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I hope Smiler, Noah and Petal grow up recognising that they are absolutely unique, as is everyone else.  I want them to learn about themselves and each other as well as the world around them.  I don't want them to waste time waiting for their lives to start, because twenty years down the line they might wish they'd taken those opportunities they'd had way back when, when they were too busy to go and do and try and see and experience.  I hope they grow to realise that none of us have all the answers, and none of us really know what we're doing, but some of us are just better at hiding that than others.

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To carry this on, I'd like to tag these lovely lovely people ...

Click back through, see what it's about, and let me know when you've worked out your five life lessons!

Big5Meme at Mummy from the Heart
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  1. I love these quotes, such wise words. x

    1. Thank you Rachel - fingers crossed the kids know what I'm on about! Thank you for the tag x

  2. Ahh I love the words from Mr Pratchett, but I especially enjoyed your last paragraph, wise words from a wise mama.
    Thanks for the tag, I rather enjoyed this one

    1. You're entirely welcome - it's funny how similar everyone's thoughts are - pretty basic in some ways I suppose, but not so easily achieved! Thank you for joining in - I loved your list!

  3. Love the quote, the late Terry Pratchett was a wonderfully talented man. I love the last section and I too hope that for my children. Thank you very much for tag lovely x

    1. Thank you Susan - I love the books, and Noah and Petal are getting to a point where they can enjoy them too, which I love to see. Hopefully our children will have everything we wish for them! Looking forward to reading your list too x

  4. I like that you sneaked in a sixth one and I think it might be my favourite. Thanks for joining in. Mich x

    1. Thank you for starting it - it's funny how little time we think about this stuff compared to academic achievements and so on, and teaching our kids this stuff is so much more important! I was a bit worried that a sixth was cheating, but I think it demonstrates how important it is to question authority and not blindly do as you're told! x

  5. I love the quote at the end. It is definitely okay to bend the rules in life. What a brilliant meme and thank you for tagging me. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    1. Thank you lovely - it's a definite favourite of mine (both the quote and the rule bending!). Looking forward to reading yours too! x


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