When Graham and I decided we wanted to have children we had a long think about what we wanted to instill in them. At the end of the day, we knew we wanted them to think beyond themselves, to lead humanitarian lives that would benefit the greater good.
I would like to share with you a journey that I have just completed. Well, actually it wasn’t me that completed it, it was our 17-year-old (nearly) daughter Hayley.
Recently we moved Hayley to a new school to give her a fresh start. We thought this would help her, and although we knew it would test the finances, we were happy to make the sacrifice.
A few weeks later she came home and declared she would like to go to India. We had no idea what this was about and agreed to go to the information night. We both knew it was going to be a long hard slog financially to get her there.
Well after the information night we were inspired – mainly because our daughter had chosen to be a part of a special humanitarian tourist journey. They were going to visit areas in India that were in many cases unreachable. They would help build and create living spaces for those less fortunate.
After agreeing to do this, the reality set in – we had to pay for it. Many months of creative accounting and eating frugally meant we could send her. I was so proud of our little family of 4, and proud that hubby and I could pay for it.
What I didn’t count on was the life changes that were experienced by me.
For Hayley, she was pushed to limits physically, through living arrangements and the hard work she did throughout the day. It goes without saying, we are beyond proud of her.
For me, I realized that I had an opportunity to spend time with our son. This was a life changing experience for me. I was able to reconnect with him and spend time enjoying his company.
Other than that, there were times when I did not hear from her for days. At one point she was so tired when I spoke to her, all I could do was cry and hope I had done the right thing.
I can honestly say that I am so happy we did this for her. As a parent you want to provide your kids with meaningful experiences, and this was one huge one for her.
So today as I pen this post, I write it with pride. For my little family of 4 who worked hard to support Hayley. For my daughter who made the world a better place. For my son who reconnected with me. For my hubby, who never whinged when the pay packets disappeared.
Namaste lovelies, blessings on this bright and beautiful day.