“A Bag of Tools”
Isn’t it strange that princes and kings,
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And common people like you and me,
Are builders for eternity?
Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, a book of rules;
And each must make- ere life is flown-
A stumbling block, or a stepping stone.
by R Lee Sharpe
To me this poem sums it all up, we are each creators of our eternity, no matter what start one have been given in this life the choice is ours to make, we are able to define who we are, how we shall live and who we share our life with.
Will the journey always be easy, fun, simple of course not, there will be many a bumpy road, set back, tears and tantrums; yet amongst this there will be moments of absolute bliss, euphoria and triumph.
Some will make it to the finish line of life happy with what they have achieve and others will get there and look back wish they have done something more. Each will have accomplished what they were prepared to put into life, nothing more, no need for regret as at that time it just is what it is.
But what if one is looking back now and wishing they had done more, time travel at this stage is not on option so the past remains the same, however today and tomorrow can contain so much more if that is what one wants to give to life.
For me I looked back at the year that has been and I am happy that I took the time to look back. While I loved most of what I saw there was a big yucky feeling surround some things I saw, and when I looked forward I could see that nothing was going to change unless I was prepared to step up and give more. So in May this year I made my choice that no longer would I work in the daily grind of 9-5 (or in my case 7.30-3.30), I had to leave my financial security to allow myself and my family to flourish.
Scary choice for me, as it would be for most, financial security or lack thereof it scars the crap out of me but for the sake of my youngest child things needed to change. Thankfully my partner is very supportive; while it has been a massive adjustment to just one wage we are already seeing the dividends role in with a happier, healthy and balanced family life and two very happy children.
The bonus of this choice to change and give more to life is that now I am able to finally further my study allowing me to carve out the career I am passionate about, helping others, helping children to see their full potential. Helping them create their dream and set out to achieve it.