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Things I Have Learned Growing Up So Far
Not sure who the photographer is by this picture sums it up the best:)

When I was a little girl I was like most kids. I was in a hurry to grow up. I wanted to have one of those cool house with a wrap around porch on the outside and covered in plush furniture that reflected my personality. I wanted the cool job where I was stuck in business meetings wearing smart dress suits for women that were featured on the cover of some fashion mag. I wanted to be polished, smart, envied, and loved for all the awesome things I could obtain in life.

For some reason I thought life was like one of those soap operas on television. dramas solved in an hour or two. Exotic places waiting for me to explore. I just knew that when I turned 18 I would be handed some key that would open up a magical world for me that only adults were allowed to join.

I did join a magical world. The one were I was forced into clubs called bills, taxes, and reality. I wasn't just given some expensive home. My jobs were not as wonderful as I dreamed. I mean flipping burgers, washing dishes, and sweeping parking lots never are.

Then I joined another club. Motherhood. That is one is a special one for me of course. The beauty of wonder through a child's eyes and the heartache of the pains that come with it sometimes. It really blew me away. I was forced to learn really quick that there was a world beyond me. Learned the gift of sacrifice and the pain of watching that child make the mistakes you so want to stop them from making but knowing that with some things that they have to learn on their own.

Then there is the gift of knowing as you grow older you don't know everything. You still have a lot to learn in life. That it's not always perfect. That there are hurdles that will be put in front of you when you aren't looking. Some tripping you up and some you will learn to overcome with ease. Knowing that in truth we are never completely grown up in the grand scheme of things because we all are still children deep down within.

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Dreams

Dreams are the spices added to our journeys that make it worth while, aren't they? It's wonderful that you are able to share yours with your child too -- Wen

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Bills, taxes, and reality

Yes, that is the "grown-up" world. But you also write that it's a "magical world." Maybe that's because you haven't forgotten the child within yourself, so what some people find to be a dull grind you still can see as a world of possibility.

I hope you keep the child "deep down within" fresh in your mind every day, and I wish you the best on your quest to be a free-lance writer.

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Thank you Both

Thank you both for your comments. I do try my best to keep that inner child alive but it can be a challenge to say the least :)