Colin’s favorite “toy” in our house is, without a doubt, the toothbrush. It doesn’t matter whose it is, though he tends to prefer Erin’s (even when she’s bought replacements). If he had his way he would always walk around with two toothbrushes in his hands and one in his mouth. Lately we’ve been limiting him to one, though today he had two in one hand and a tube of toothpaste in the other.
Needless to say, this kid will have good hygiene. Probably better than Rachel, who we have finally gotten into the habit of brushing at night. Colin would brush morning noon and night. Sometimes I wonder if he is already defining his future career as a dentist.
That got me thinking a bit about expectations. There are so many different times that others define our own lives… and we let them. We let our parents shape us into working professionals when all we want to do is live free and help others. We let girlfriends or boyfriends define how we should act from day to day. We let bosses define the focus of our career and we let co-workers convince us to buy unnecessary things. We let marketers convince us what to buy, and we let priests convince us what to believe.
Life is so easy when we follow the “advice” of others instead of creating our own.
Then there are the people who actively defy this trend and live for their passions. The people who live passionately often recognize that they have lived more fully than anyone else could ever have dreamed for them.
Without a doubt, we need to stay within the lines. When we enter into marriage, that is a gift and we honor it by putting our spouse above almost everyone (can you guess who’s above the spouse). We need to listen to all the advice given to us, and decide how we want to respond.
Son, be a dentist
You'll be a success
I sure hope not. That dentist from the Little Shop of Horrors is psycho.
Revolutions happen when people buck the trend. Sometimes… lives happen too.