Are you a Hermit or a Scuba diver?
" Mom, I'm going to be a hermit," announces my twelve year old with a resigned air of finality, sighing as he pushes away his empty breakfast plate.
This is a new one to me. I am not sure how to react.
"Why a hermit?" I say finally.
"Hermits can laze around and do absolutely nothing. Life is so cool when you're a hermit," comes the prompt reply. I can see he has been thinking about it.
"But hermits have to meditate and live in the Himalayas, " I respond, a picture of a Sadhu in a loin cloth with protruding ribs and orange robes with a kamandalu by his side, coming to my mind.
He thinks for a few seconds.
"Either a hermit or a scuba diver," he says. He has been saying he wants to be Scuba diver ever since he could speak.
"Wow," I respond. And I mean it. Each time he says it, it never ceases to charge my spirit, this moment.
Then he asks, "How do Scuba divers make money?"
His nine year old sister responds , "They can take beautiful underwater pictures and make films and sell them to magazines and TV."
I am amazed at her practicality and the way she comes up with an instant solution.
"You can combine your love for photography with underwater diving," I say. (My son clicks amazing photos. Go here to see his shots)
Looking at my children this morning, I am inspired. I do love the company of children. (yes, even my own and even when they drive me up the wall :-))
The imagination and dreams of children are not fettered, like us adults. Mostly, because they believe and they know that anything the heart desires the mind can achieve though sheer determination. They lead uncomplicated lives. If they love someone they show it and express it so freely. If they fight with their friends, a punch and a kick and the matter is sorted out. The next day, they are friends again :)
When was the last time you unfettered your mind like a child?
Life is indeed beautiful and you simply have to grab those moments.
They slip away unnoticed even before you realise their worth, much like the things that children say.
It is still not too late, no matter how old you are.
Chase your dreams. Live in the moment. Be inspired.