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August 14, 2015

What NOT to Pack for College

Hal photo outside Feb2012The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of the parent.” (Carl Jung)

Tomorrow’s the day—I finally take my first child off to college. She’s been packing for a week, but there’s one burden I hope she leaves with me: my own unfulfilled dreams.

It is tempting to pin our own hopes and desires on our children. We often feel as if they represent a fresh start in the world, especially in moments like these. But this is one of the most selfish and harmful things we could possibly do. Our children have their own unique desires, talents, and challenges. They deserve the chance to figure those out on their own.

God, may I be courageous. May I dare to pursue my own dreams and my own goals, so that my kids can see how to do the same.

 

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