Striving for Happiness {The Ordinary Moments}

Little Man is starting school in less than two weeks and LP is flying through the school years, starting Year 2 in September. I look at LP learning, making friends and flourishing at school and I wonder what the future will bring for her and her brother.

Striving for Happiness {The Ordinary Moments}

I look back at my own life, loving school but being bullied throughout secondary school, starting college and loving it but never finishing my A-levels even after going back three times. I was thrown into an adult world of work and rent and didn’t get a chance to go to University and study for a job I really wanted to do. Instead, I took any job I could do and worked as hard as I could to be able to not just survive but to live life and enjoy it.

But, as LP and Little Man get older I don’t want them to do any job they could do – I want them to be able to do a job they love, to go to university if they want and to aim for things in life. I want them to have aspirations, to have realistic dreams and to work at achieving them.

But I don’t want the children to worry about exam results, about going to university if they don’t want to or about being rich or famous. I want them to be whatever they want to be – as long as they are happy.

I think in life we often take happiness for granted – it’s not something we aspire to, it’s not even something we think about much at all but for me it counts for everything. I want the children to be happy and I want them to be nice people, with good manners and respect for other people – at least those who have earned that respect. I want them to behave well as they get older, look out for others and make good choices.

As I grow older and the children grow too, have friendships, relationships and careers I just want to know that they are happy. Whatever choices they make, wherever they end up – if they are happy in life then I’ll feel like my job is done – and I can’t ask for more than that.

What more could I want than two happy, healthy children?

If you have an ordinary moment this week, come and link up with myself and Katie – I’m looking forward to reading the moments that you share.

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Happiness is definitely what I want for Lucas. It doesn’t matter what job he does, how much he earns, as long as he has a happy life x

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