Saw a quote that said, “Be the adult that you needed as a child” and it has changed my whole perspective.Anon
A friend has shared that on Instagram in his stories and it did strike a certain chord. As somebody who has had a certain amount of baggage to deal with, especially as a child this particular phrase struck home.
People often have the misconception that an abused child will become an abuser in his own right. This is, as applied to my life, a complete fallacy. I have taken the conscious decision to become that adult, that adult that I wanted to be able to have as a child. Some of the adults in my entourage were that person and some rather less so. That’s what really made an impression on me, especially looking back as an adult.
It has helped me heal just thinking of that child, and adolescent that I was all those years ago. That child is still a part of who I am and yet I am no longer that child. I have, over the years changed into a man, with a huge sense of empathy. This empathy has served me well but it can also be a curse. Over time, I have learnt how to manage it and I have learnt to protect myself from those who would take advantage of it. I am no longer a people pleaser. Sure, I love it when I “can” please people but if I don’t then that’s OK too. I have learnt to say no. If empathy, which is a great quality, and a sign of emotional intelligence, is a blessing, when left unchecked it can destroy you. It very nearly did.
Since the beginning of 2021, my emotions have been generally positive. Maybe the fact that Trump is on the way out might help, as well as the rolling out of the famous vaccine. I have been making a real effort with my sleep. On the night from Friday to Saturday I slept 11 hours. My body must have needed it. Over Christmas and New Year I rested also. I am wary of busy people. When one is too busy isn’t it a sign of something else? Isn’t it a sign of trying to run away from something? Isn’t it a sign that we are not being true to ourselves. Even God rested on the seventh day. If He needs a rest, then is it not normal that we mere humans might need one too? I keep coming back to Covid, but I think this might be one of the lessons that we can take away from all this. We had the luxury of time.
It also gave us time to reflect on our present lives. Should Social media have such a large place in our lives? Mind you, I have been making an effort with the ‘Gram. It’s like my hobby if you wish. I have found ways of making short videos illustrating my photography, and giving extracts from the blog. I have tried new ways to plan my feed. Not trying to blow my own trumpet, but I seem to be OK at photography and I have seen my photos regularly on the explorer pages of the various hashtags I use, much to my daughter’s amazement. She was well impressed being the number one photo out of 6 million photos for a particular hashtag. To those who couldn’t give a flying fart about Instagram and who don’t even know what it is, this will all sound like complete codswallop, but for an 11 year old girl, it makes her old Dad look a little less “ringard” as the French would say.
If you have been living under a rock for the five years you might not have heard of Brexit. You have obviously had a sheltered existence. When Brexit was first mentioned my Anxiety went into overdrive rather quickly, like the fast German car that I will never have. I don’t really care, I have a French one which is comfortable, that gets me from A to B and sometimes even C! As a British subject living in Europe for the last 27 years, wow it really have been quite a while, I will be allowed to stay in France under the withdrawal agreement. I just have to acquire a Carte de Séjour, which will show the authorities that I would quite like to stay living here. I also have to renew my passport, and my father told me to “GET IT DONE,” which is very good advice that I am following. I love my home country, but am also happy just to visit as a tourist. The weather is also better over here, and the food is wonderful. When I arrived, I was fairly lean. I am now somewhat less so. My downfall was when somebody said taste this and this was really very nice…
This blog entry is meandering again as random thoughts seem to seep out of my mind. OK, it’s a bit random, but I’m fine with random. Especially on a Monday afternoon! Have a great week everyone, and I’ll be back later with another entry…