Last evening, we attended an awards night produced by our Darling Daughter. Unless invited I don't think parents should intrude on a healthy 20 something's world but she told us at dinner Tuesday we were welcome to attend so we jumped at the chance. About 300 University students made up the vast majority of the audience.
It was long and loud but they were all dressed up and excited to be nominated and in some cases, to win. Their enthusiasm for life and the limitless possibilities ahead of them was palpable in the room.
As I looked around over the course of the evening at all these "baby adults" just starting to be independent, moving a bit uncertainly about under their own steam, very keen to do everything by themselves! It struck me how much in their lives has yet to happen.
So many decisions lie ahead of them and the consequences thereof. With independence comes freedom to choose but also obligation to manage the consequences of those choices and of course manage them from amid the maelstrom of day to to day life.
Of course my big scary decisions around marriage and children, career, house and home are behind me and by and large worked out better than I ever hoped they would. Those 20 years following my graduation were satisfying beyond words but also utterly consuming. Now I have the mental capacity to look into, explore and enjoy the little delicious details of life like, oh, say Knitting for example!
As I knit in the car on the way home, looking out through the rain smeared windows at the lights of the city, I wondered what more in this world I could want than this fabulous life of mine!
Thanks for dropping by today.
P.S. I hope to finish the second sleeve on the Minimalist Cardi tonight!