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7 Things I Learned From My One Year Old Girl

As some of you may recall, I have a one year old girl. These days I was in the fortunate position of spending more time with her. And, while playing and preparring meals and feeding her, it just hit me: I have learned a tremendous amount of stuff from her, during this last year. So here is a small list:

  1. Once you’re down, there are literally a gazillion ways to get up again. It only takes just a few new moves to be learned, or a better and innovative usage of the environment…
  2. If you don’t want to do a thing (like eating your vegetables, for instance, or going to sleep) well, there’s nobody in the world who can force you into it. You only do what you really want…
  3. If you do want something badly, then, no matter how many obstacles in the way, how many interdictions from the parents, if you truly and honestly want that thing, and if you are reasonably loudly letting the world knowing about that, well, eventually you’ll get it…
  4. You do not depend on toys. Most of the time, for adult people, toys are translated by: you cannot have enough plasma tv, shiny laptops or expensive cars. But, in the end, nothing compares with a walk in the afternoon. Toys are nice, but you can do even better without them…
  5. You cannot have enough hugs in your life. Regardless of the nature of the hugged object: being it a teddy bear, a plastic puppet, or just your exhausted parents, trying to put you to sleep… At any time in your life, if a hug opportunity is coming, don’t miss it…
  6. Talk is not really necessary. Many times, words are just staying in your way. You can have a decent level of communication only by being yourself. Sooner or later they will get to know you and you’ll communicate without words.
  7. If you really like something, doing it over and over again will not make you bored. You can play with your daddy’s watch, or with your mom’s bracelet hundreds of times, with the same level of joy like the first time. As long as you really enjoy it…

🙂



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The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”

And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.

Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.

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  1. Thanks Alex! It was so surprising to see how much you can learn from a toddler, in a totally unobtrusive and lovely way :-)… Most of the things in life should be like this…

  2. and one more thing i may add 🙂 also from your littl’un: one smile is never enough, just go on grinning at the world, and they’ll have no choice but to smile back at you 🙂
    cheers!

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