Last week, I found myself doing some quite different things; within 6 days I had been to a roller disco, done every slide at least once at a water park and had my first kayak lesson. Looking back on the week, I wondered if I was going through a mid life crisis trying to prove that I had the fitness, stamina and spirit to do these activities. Perhaps this is true, I was 37 when I finally became a mum after years of fertility treatment and the adoption process, much older than I had hoped. I always wanted to be one of those mums who did things with her children, who was present not simply physically but experiencing the moment too. I also feel that its up to me to be that sporty active parent as Mr S suffered significant injuries in an accident when he was younger so cannot do all I can.
The activities I did last week were all with or for the children, we went to the roller disco and water park together and I am taking kayak lessons so I can be confident to go out with them on the water. I want them to be active and adventurous and its up to me to be that example. This may sound all very noble, but the main reason I do these activities is for fun, to live in the moment and enjoy time with my children. We only have 18 summers with our children, I missed 2 for Little Miss and 1 for Little Man when they were in care so my 18 is reduced, we’re now half way through our childhood summers and there is still so much I want to share with my children. We have many more adventures to plan and experience and I intend to be the mum who says yes and goes for it, life is too short to live on the side lines.