In honesty, it's probably not all that new to me
as I tend to be Little Miss Look-On-The-Positive-Side most of the time.
But I've been trying to recapture a bit of what children have;
a bit of that wonder at the world,
embracing opportunities without fear
and living my life for the little things.
I guess it's sort of natural
when you spend all day everyday with a toddler,
watching them marvel and enjoy the slightest things,
that some of the wonder rubs off.
So much of what my son experiences
he is seeing or hearing or smelling or touching or tasting
for the very first time.
How incredible is that?
But the thing with firsts is once they are done
you can never get them back.
Once you've tasted a strawberry for the first time,
you may taste other strawberries,
you may taste better strawberries,
but never that first one again.
And when you start thinking about life like that
it's really easy to change your perspective on things
and have a 'live life for the little things' attitude.
Because yes there will always be tomorrow to go to the park
but why waste today.
And there probably are chores to do on a Sunday morning
but wouldn't it be so much nicer to go for a walk together first.
and with the exception a few sickness ridden weekends we've stuck to it.
The memories don't have to be anything fancy,
it might be a trip to the coast
or a day in our PJs,
a silly photoshoot at home
or a weekend away with family,
a play session with some bubbles
or visit to the park.
But we do 'something'.
Something of quality.
It is so easy to get bogged down in things,
to worry about things that you can't control
and to waste time.
But the one thing that is for sure
is that time keeps ticking on
whether you embrace it or not.
Each day we have a fresh opportunity
to make some memories
not just for our children
but for ourselves.
We get a fresh set of possibilities everyday
but we don't ever get yesterday's again.
I heard someone say recently that you don't get an overdraft on life.
And that really stuck with me.
Because you only get what you get.
And you can waste what you get on silly things
or you can invest what you are given wisely.
I feel so lucky that I have been given so much
and I intend to make the most of it.
Once those first times have happened and those memories have been made
they can't be lived again
but they can be remembered.
We keep them locked within our hearts
where we can think back on them from time to time and be glad.
And I for one plan on filling my heart up with good stuff,
and my children's hearts too.
Because while we might not get an overdraft on life
I reckon we can have a very full savings account
for those rainier days
if we take the time to invest wisely.