expectations of children
“It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, life is on a stroll.”
by: illana burk of makeness.
You stand there… looking at the divide that stands between what you have and what you want.The chasm is where all the things you’re afraid of lie – waiting in the quiet shadows. They don’t even notice you. They share their quiet existence only with themselves – creeping softly in the dark.But you feel them – whispering at you to back off of the ledge, and head back to safety.But you’re ready.You WANT what’s on the other side.You NEED what’s on the other side.So you stand there. Firmly planted. And think about how you got here.A lifetime of tiny choices – missteps – failures – triumphs.A career of excellence and shortcomings.A thousand encouraging words – and even more that stung to the core.You stand here because you were meant to.You were driven to.You have to.And now, here you stand, firmly planted.Hoping the the path rises up to meet your fearful feet.Hoping that this last test is one you can pass.Hoping that what’s on the other side is worth it.Hoping that you have enough faith to unearth one foot, and then the other to take that first step – eyes closed – into the dark.The only sound you hear is the quickening thump in your chest.Thump ThumpThump ThumpThump ThumpYour palms ache from being squeezed beneath you nervous fingers.You wish, more than anything that someone would just give you a push.The voice in your head is telling you all the reasons why this is a bad idea.You could go back to the job you hate.You could tell your friends and family the same thousand excuses you’ve used before when you failed in this moment.They will love you anyway.You could turn around right now and no one would judge you.And that voice is right.You could do any of those things, and it would all be ok.But you know something that little voice in your head doesn’t.You are ready.This time IS different.You’re ready to have the life you’ve always wanted.You’re ready to risk it all.You’re ready to be the exception, not the rule.You have that fire inside you that tells you that no matter what, all roads lead here.To this very spot.Firmly planted.Terrified.But Brave.Ready.Calm.The voice in your head quiets.And all you hear is the sound of One. Long. Slow. Breath.In…and Out…..Any you’re not hoping anymore.Now, you know.You know that this is it.You know that the money will come.You know that you are brilliant.You know that the road will rise up to meet you.You know that this path – is the only path, and the one you traveled to get here is gone.And you CAN do this.And you are not afraid anymore.And you are certain.And you know that It. Will. Be. Flipping. Amazing.You know this.Right now.You know this.And the earth around your feet begins to soften.And your fingers tingle with excitement.And your heartbeat begins to slow.There is only one think left to do.You open your eyes.
And you leap.
After receiving many emails interested in how I landed myself this scary, invigorating, surreal, brilliant, once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity au pairing abroad, I decided to write a series on the ABCs of Au Pairing. I, by absolutely no means, am an expert on au pairing. However, I would love to share some advice from my own personal experiences and help others in joining the au pair adventure. Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the post’s comments.
An American au pair looking for a family in Europe.
Tip: include many photos of yourself (face) in your profile.
Upcoming post: Where in the world.
thoughts? questions? does asking you that make me sound like a brat?