One day completely confused from all the traveling we have been doing, I brought Lexi to her ballet class on the wrong day. The teacher was sweet enough to let Lexi join in on a different class going on then. It was "Dance around the world" for 5-10 year olds. Completely out of her age group. As I sat there watching Lexi try her best to copy the "advanced" moves the teacher was showing them, I realized that the key to mental, intellectual and physical growth in a child is EXPOSURE. Exposure to anything and everything. I realize that not everyone has the opportunity to travel, but most of us have the opportunity take short road trips. Not everyone can sign their child up for 10 classes but most everyone can take them to museums, concerts, art galleries. Every single experience Lexi had, no matter how seemingly outside her age it was, she grew through it. It made me realize that whatever it is I am doing, she can be there. She can watch, help, participate in whatever way she can and it will benefit her. Daily life is just so challenging as an adult. It is so much easier to be a lump and go through the motions. I feel it all the time. Too tired to make too much of a effort. But moments like this remind why I try. Why I need to fight the "God, I just want to do nothing" thoughts and go explore and have fun! So as much of a motivational post as it is for me, I hope that it also reminds YOU to push through and make a bigger effort.
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