Written 8/21/2016 as we were making plans to retire by 2018:
When we were young we dreamed of being "rock stars" then realities of life came along and our own dreams turn into the dreams for our children. We have all been there thinking that our children would get life right because we were motivated to help them reach their own dreams. Life comes along for our children too and there you are feeling you will leave the dreaming to another generation instead. At my age I really didn't believe it was possible to still dream. Especially after life crushed so many before. It is possible!
Right now we are in the "dream" stage for the first time in many, many years. We are like high school teens picking out the perfect college and what will we be when we grow up kind of thing. This is the first time that I actually don't find myself filled with anxiety over what may be wrong with one of my kids or one of my grandkids. I had an "aha" moment not long ago that I am not doing my kids any favor by worrying over them. If anything all the anxiety is taking me to an early grave.
My husband and I are very controlling personalities and we want to control everyone around us. We have learned that we have NO control of anything, especially our children. So lesson learned! So let's learn to live by letting go. If we poured into them anything good then they will benefit and hopefully wherever we failed - which was often - God can help them without our interference.