You’re raising the future.
That statement alone is not only scary to read but to say as well. with such recent events like the Orlando shooting and the Stanford rapist’s sentence it especially feels daunting. I’ll admit that with what my family and I have recently gone through, watching and reading the news about those recent events has left me even more anxious and some what paranoid.
Getting into a car with them, I worry because I know I can drive as safe as I possibly can but I can’t be sure how other people will drive. I worry about going to the store with my boys, worried that some one could just appear with a gun (or a number of them) and just start shooting people without a care.
Believe me, I don’t want to think this way. I don’t want to feel so anxious that I let it overcome me and don’t take my kids out because it means driving in a car. I don’t want to feel suspicious of people around me while I shop or go to an amusement park with my kids. I want to cry that this is the world I’m raising my children in. A world where there are many that only see color, gender, sexual preference, or religion as means to judge people. A world where we do not see people as humans.
I want to inspire my children to see people as humans. As individuals with different perspectives. Individual humans with emotions. I want them to see that each individual human comes from a different background and upbringing. They have had situations and experiences that have shaped them to be such individuals. I really hope that they see that individual humans that have more to offer than their outward appearance.
Raising the future? More of, how do I envision my children to be like in the future? Happy, independent, hard working, and well mannered of course. I also want them to be decent human beings.
I know that I can only instill as much kindness, understanding, strength, and human decency as I possibly can starting the day they began growing in me. They have made me not only feeling blessed that God has given me the ability to care for them in the womb but help shape them as individuals as well. I try my best to be mindful in not only how I react to situations as a mama but to others as well. I see them carefully watching my facial expressions, my reactions, and my body language when I interact with people. I want them to see that each person deserves compassion and understanding even if it may not seem like it all the time. I hope that they reflect how they would like to be treated by others outward so it is reflected right back to them.
We’re definitely raising the future. A future that I hope is filled with more compassion, understanding, and light.