“Your imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”Albert Einstein
I am the parent of a fifteen and an eighteen year old. My oldest is about to graduate from high school and will be heading away from home to attend college soon, which has me questioning how well we have prepared him.
I hope that the previews both my children envision in their minds of the life ahead of them are beautiful, exciting, and full of possibility. I also hope they know that to move in the direction of dreams takes exploration, courage, perseverance and hard work. When they encounter struggles, mistakes, tough times that is not a sign that they are going the wrong way, or that they are alone. I want them to remember that they will have worries, but they can look, adapt and find ways to keep going. I want them to continue to be curious, resilient and full of dreams! And to know they can ask for help, collaborate, learn from others as they continually become who they want to be in this world.
I wrote this poem in January of 2020 with my own two children in the forefront of my mind, but all children, all of us in my heart. I have been adding, and changing it over time and have now finalized it…for a moment.