Baby Steps

She’s ready.

I wasn’t sure six months ago, but I am now. She’s ready to start her new adventure.

My 20 year old is transferring to a new university, living with three brand new people she’s never really met before and pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher. She found employment to help pay her way. She worked hard to save money and spent it wisely on fixing her car and a new computer.

Her level of responsibility grew in the last six months. I couldn’t be more proud of her. Living, essentially, on her own will ratchet her responsibility level a hundred fold.

But she’s ready.

She learned how to handle some adversity. No more running to a parent first to get her out of a jam. She handles obstacles with thoughtfulness and critical thinking. Anticipatory thinking has become more second nature.

Having a reliable group of family and friends to ask when hitting a problem she’s not sure how to tackle has been revelatory. Google is her friend, too.

With some help, she set up a budget and created a workable way to handle her finances.

She’s excited to make a few meals for her new roommates and I’m hoping at least one of the three becomes a good friend.

Her level of excitement has gone into overdrive as well as her level of fear. She knows we can help her (and will help her), but she also knows it’s time to grow up and put on some big girl pants and take command of her own life. She’s turning that fear into anticipation, even though the fear bubbles up from time to time.

But she’s ready.

She leaves in a couple of weeks and I’m excited for her and her new adventure. My heart is full and I’m incredibly proud of her accomplishments. She is a smart, charming, wonderful young woman and I love her with all of my heart. She’s gonna do great.

Two years ago, she moved in with us with more growing pains then I care to remember. Two weeks from now she heads off on her own. It’s a baby step, but its like that first one after letting go of the furniture.

My baby is leaving the friendly confines of home and community college and taking her first large steps at a major university.

Her first steps into a larger world.

But she’s ready.

Opposition

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Seth Godin dropping some knowledge:

Opposition

The opposite of creativity is fear.

And fear’s enemy is creativity.

The opposite of yes is maybe.

Because maybe is non-definitive, and both yes and no give us closure and the chance to move ahead.

Perfect is the enemy of good.

Us is not the enemy of them. Us is the opposite of alone.

They can become us as soon as we permit it.

Everything is the opposite of okay. Everything can never be okay. Except when we permit it.

The right is not the opposite of the left. Each side has the chance to go up, which is precisely the opposite of down.

Dreams are not the opposite of reality. Dreams inform reality.

Daaaamn.

Earth 2.0

The most Earth-like exo-planet has been discovered.

NASA announced it found a planet in the “Goldilocks Zone” of a star very similar to the sun. It’s been named the uber-exciting, Kepler-452b (because it was found by the Kepler spacecraft, orbiting the star designated Kepler-452).

Scientists (and journalists) started calling the place Earth 2.0.

I get excited when stuff like this happens. The chance of finding some sort of intelligent extraterristrial life inspires the imagination. SETI immediately started listening for signals from Kepler-452 and have heard nothing, which is disappointing.

Can you foresee a time in the future when we would actually receive that transmission? What would that do to your psyche?