Take some risks! That was sage advice given to us in the last year from our soon-to-be supervisor who lives in France. He told us to enjoy our time in the good ol’ US of A and enjoy the family, but get out there and take some risks.
I must say, I am finally doing something(s) outside of my box. I usually stick to what is planned in my calendar. Trying a new restaurant, especially one that doesn’t have a decent looking facade, was a risk. PK and I like to call those times adventures (some adventures are good, some not so good, yuck!)
But upon considering risks, and trying something new…I have really been feeling it for our young people. There are so many depressing, negative, and downright scary things out there. I was reading an article that said most young people need 3 things. I may have them a tad bit off, let’s just say it’s author’s license…They need family, church, and peers. Family, members living and caring for each other, make up the foundation for a healthy life. Church builds on this and creates a wider network of supportive and guiding relationships. And then peers (and I might add, most young people put these closer to number 1, or at least it seems that way with the young people in our family) give feedback, relationships, fun, and hang out buddies. Boy, am I getting wordy on this one…The whole point is that young people love to hang out with friends, and the number one place to meet and greet seems to be coffee shops (yes, we live in the northwest – for now).
Put that coffeeshop meeting spot and wanting to connect with, get to know, and help young people, and you have a new thing I have been doing. PK and I have been talking about this idea for awhile, and both of us feel a concern for what young people face in today’s world. So one Wednesday night, after many conversations with some young people we know, I jumped from preschool teacher to Coffeeshop hanger-outer with the young people. We are meeting Wednesday nights at a nearby coffee shop. It’s great. We’ve been getting to know each other, playing games, discussing life questions, connecting with each other…and we are working on getting to encouraging and helping others. And yes, we drink coffee! Well, I usually have caffeine free, or low caffeine and calorie content (my age is showing).
Tonight, let’s just say, bandaids are involved. 🙂 Oh, it takes me back to my college years as a resident advisor, and earlier than that times working with youth groups.
Interested in other ideas for games and interaction starters…hint hint.
So, Coffeeshop is one risk and change. Maybe I will use change instead of risk. Change is harder for most of us, is it not? Who moved my cheese? (read that book if you have ‘issues’ with change)
Some other changes – hold your seatbelt – I am getting rid of responsibilities! Wow! I’m not there yet, but I am working on it. God has been helping me. Really, I used to be such a control freak. He is helping me to let go of that (ok, honestly, I have a few moments of regression, but still!). PK and I are seriously downsizing, sold the house, many belongings, giving away things, getting rid of stuff…That’s big change for me, pack rat that I am. But we can’t take it when we leave the country. 🙂
Oh, and we can’t discount leaving our children (and our parents) on their own! Talk about change – difficult change!
Yes, Big Change Number One – moving to another country! France ~ An adventure big time! The 3 of us – God (the Author of our change), Pk (my marvelously wonderful partner), and I (the goofy sidekick). What a team.