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☰ Time is of the Essence

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Time is of the Essence

Posted on January 20 2017

I’ve got an admission – I have a bucket list!  In case you don’t know what one is, a bucket list is a list of things I wish to do and places I’d like to visit before I die.  Things I’ve already ticked off include an off road 4x4 driving experience, visiting Disney World with the family and a tandem skydive from 15,000 ft to name but a few!

Many of you may have a bucket list of sorts but, if you are like me, I have not ticked off half as many things as I would have liked.  Time and life in general, make it so difficult to achieve life’s goals.  Things still to do on my bucket list include learning to speak another language, baking a fresh loaf of bread with my children and visiting the ancient pyramids in Egypt.  Oh and there’s also watching my beloved West Ham United win a trophy but, the way they are playing lately, this may take longer than the time I have left on planet earth!

Earlier this week, I was party to an exchange with a child and their mum at the school gate. He had been with his family at the weekend flying a kite for the very first time.  Mum and I discussed how wonderful this was and the list of things every child should do before they are eleven years of age.  This included activities like skimming a stone across a pond, building a camp fire, climbing up a tree and playing outside in the rain.

Coincidentally, neither mum nor I mentioned owning a mobile phone or computer console as this was not something important we felt a child should experience before they turned eleven.  These items, although very useful, don’t add as much to a life experience as playing outdoors.  There are some experiences you just can’t enjoy on a Playstation or Xbox.

The National Trust has published 50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4.  My daughter and I are making a start with this.  She has taken great joy in ticking off what she has already done and is now badgering her mother and I with all the experiences she would like to try. Great, so now I have two bucket lists to try and get through!


However, I highly recommend a visit to the National Trust page and to give some of the exciting ideas a try as a family.  Many of us have made new year’s resolutions this year and I urge you to add another resolution.  Spend more time with your children.  Create a list of things to do or achieve this year and act now, as time is so precious and you can never get it back.  Spend it wisely by doing good, fun or beautiful things with loved ones around you.

“You will never have this day with your children again.

Tomorrow they will be a little bigger than they are today.

This day is a gift.

Breathe and notice.

Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention.

Relish the charms of the present.

Enjoy today mama.

It will be over before you know it.” 

Jen Hatmaker


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