Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mind the Gap

When you ride "The Underground" (subway) in London, one of the recordings tells you "Mind the Gap". Meaning, watch your step as you board the train. There is a bit of a "gap" between the station and the train.

Or I guess, vice versa, a "gap" between the train and station.

Duncan is thinking of taking a "Gap" year next year. In today's American terminology, taking a year from studies/school between high school and college.

He wants to play Junior hockey one more year to see if he can get picked up by a big school or a semi/pro hockey team.

I'm not sure how I feel about this.

Although, most people I know didn't know what they wanted to do when they were 18. Why should Duncan?

And really, it doesn't really matter what I feel about this. Don't get me wrong. I can have my feelings. I can express my feelings, but it is his life.

It's at this point of parenthood, I go from being a "manager" to a consultant. He has to start making choices that HE thinks are best for HIS life.

But with freedom, also comes responsibility. There are rents, hockey, insurance, gasoline, food, etc. These come with decisions.

It sounds exciting to me for him. Not the choices I would make for him, but that's not up to me. It's up to him.

My only words of advice to him?  "Mind the Gap"

1 comment:

  1. Love your thinking! So true that they must discover for themselves. You can coach and encourage and that is exactly what you are doing. As we get excited about living out our passions, how great is it that as a mom we can cheer our children on to live out their's! Great job girl! I will meet you at the rink...I love hockey!