As a child, I used to find my parents' work very easy and would detest at my life cause all the hardships lay with me.
You would wonder what I am talking about?
Well, it is the truth. All my parents had to do was go to a place which they used to call work/office. Sit there for a couple of hours (9 am-5 pm to be precise) and come back with a check every fortnightly. Food on the table was always mom's choice. She used to cook it in a jiffy, and then my brother and I had to clean up besides doing our dreary homework, and we were not allowed late nights.
On the other hand, parents got to watch TV and stay up late and even enjoy coffee (I was not allowed to have caffeine in my milk)
Life as parents is so darn easy, and all they had to do was give instructions and command their kids to do things, and if we ever rolled our eyes over it. Time out was another nightmare, while they would party late.
I used to overhear my parents talk about various issues such as job, money, security, old age, children's education with their friends, and their expressions would always make me wonder what's the big deal cause their kids do all the work. All the burden lies only on the children, so what are they fretting about?
For example: "R could you, please hand me that remote" would be my dad's request.
"M could you, please clean this mess?" was heard now and then by my mom.
Seriously! Why the sullen face, parents?
"Before I got married, I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories."
― John Wilmot
I never understood what the big deal was about parenting, and making a living.
Until one beautiful day, when I had my kid and saw that it is a long winding road.
Oh, boy! Life never ceases to pause. The to-do list never ends, and it takes me back to the days of my parents who did it with enthusiasm, and I never heard them fret over it as much as I do.
Sure, life was simpler during those times, but the fundamentals of economics and management remain the same.
I am glad I could wash off my theories cause I would have wasted my life I would not have given them their due credit.
Mantra for today: Scrub off your assumptions to let the light come in. A life lived in ignorance is a wasted one!
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