I was able to teach my son a valuable lesson today.
Granted he is only 3, but are we ever too young to learn?
We were on about mile 6 of our 10 mile bike ride and Cam’s 23rd attempt to say hi to every person we encountered.
Throughout our ride some people were mowing lawn, and thus, couldn’t hear Cam’s friendly, “heh-woh!” Others were also biking or walking, and happily obliged his cute face, waving arms, and excited greeting.
It was on roughly that 6th mile that we rode past an elderly apartment community and no matter how loud Cam shouted, “HEH-WOH!” He failed to receive a response.
After 4 or 5 people Cam said something to the effect of, “Dada, I’m done saying hello.” I understood the circumstances of elderly people simply not being able to hear Cam, but he didn’t.
I proceeded to tell him why it doesn’t matter if they say hi back. If he enjoys it, then do it, whether or not he receives a response, because sometimes, even as an adult, you don’t.
Does this event have any long term affects on his life, probably not. However, it does stand to teach him a valuable lesson, and anyone who cares to listen as well.
We must not let other people and their world view affect ours.
If you want to wave at people and say hi, do that.
If you want to travel the world and blog about it. Do that.
If you want to quit your job because you hate it. Do that.
If you want paint pictures and sell your art on the beach. Do that.
If you want to pursue a different path than the rest of society, do that.
Whatever it is you want to do. Do it, and don’t let the opinions of others or what someone else thinks you should be doing with your life determine what you decide to do.