The Message Project : You Are The Message
Writing a message to share with the world is a daunting task.
However, if I turn the focus onto my two children then I feel much more qualified to write a message to them. They are my heart. Here is a message for my little ones, because they are what I know best.
Dear Hugo and Elsa,
When I watch you play, it makes me smile. You are so wild and spontaneous, unselfconscious, creative and joyful.
If I could share one message with you, it would be to keep those magical childhood traits alive in your heart forever.
As we grow up we lose those qualities and with it a feeling of freedom. I know you wish you were grown up already, so you can enjoy what you think of as adult freedom; staying up late, eating whatever you want, wearing dirty clothes and skipping a bath.
Little do you realise, you’ll never have more freedom than you do right now.
I love how you live in the moment. You don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. It’s all about the now. Grownups call that mindfulness, something I try to do but never as well as you.
I hope you always maintain that eagerness to learn new things and attempt each challenge with the same enthusiasm you do now. Whether it’s learning to ride a bike, climbing a huge tree or trying to draw a dragon, nothing is impossible, you try your best and don’t worry about failure. That is a virtue I must work on myself.
In the mornings, when the weather is sunny, you burst out the door, run along the grass barefoot and in your pyjamas. I love that. Keep on waking up early and leaping out of bed, happy to greet the new day, hopeful of what it might bring.
Never lose that colourful imagination, that sense of wonder and inquisitiveness, the constant asking of questions. Keep treasuring the beauty in nature, the birds, the snails, the seedpods and the flowers.
Hold on to as much of that childhood magic as you can and I know you will be very happy grownups. And I will do my best to appreciate them, nurture them, learn from them and keep them forever in my heart.
Dear Hugo and Elsa, as I write this message for you, I realise it isn’t for you at all. It seems that all this time, you had a message for me. You, my dear children, you are the message.
This post is part of Mount Franklin’s #themessageproject, celebrating the work of the McGrath Foundation.About Michelle: “We ditched the bright lights of Sydney for the Tasmanian countryside looking for a simple life with love, chooks and plenty of cake…”