Here I was, waiting with my soapy hands. Exasperated.
“No! I’m not ready!”
For the fifth time, I tried to coaxed her.
“It’s time to wash your hair. You can play as much as you want after.”
She kept ignoring me.
As it turns out, 3 year olds are really bad at delayed gratification. If you have kids you probably already know this.
I stayed quiet for a while. Looking at her and searching for the perfect thing to say, it hit me.
You will never be ready.
More so, I will never be ready.
If you never get to hang around kids, I tell you, you should. Kids are a sobering mirror to look into.
I have been a nanny for over 6 months now and it only occurred to me last week, I am no better than a 3 year old child.
In fact, if your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you are in the same boat my friend.
Have you given up on your new years’ resolutions already?
Have you ever checked instagram or facebook for hours in the last week?
Maybe you are better than me, which I hope for your sake. This post is for the rest of the population who, like me, are constantly fighting with their 3 year old inner child screaming “I’m not ready!”
We all have dreams. Few of us have projects. Fewer of us have finished projects.
Even if you are successful and a typical go-getter, it is likely that there is at least one thing you’ve been putting off. Who doesn’t?
We all know it comes down to priorities. If you don’t do something it’s simply that you’re not ready to do it.
Deep down we want our dreams to come true. For some elusive reason, we’ve decided that we’re not ready to go after them.
So like a child, we play with our toys, screaming at the top of our lungs “I’m not ready!”
That was me for the past 25 years. This is still me.
I’m never going to be one of these people who preaches, pretending to have it all figured out.
To be honest with you, I’ve been trying to finish this post for the last 3 weeks. The fight with my inner child is real.
The point of it all is, we will never be ready.
This year I’m doing everything I’m not ready for. I hope you will do the same and come on this journey with me.
In the end, I washed her hair while she played with her toys. She didn’t even notice.
Don’t get me wrong, you will get exasperated, frustrated, impatient and will want to give up but it’s worth it.
You can’t give up and let your 3 year old rule you.
*picture courtesy Christian Schnettelker http://www.manoftaste.de/