When we’re born it’s all about our firsts. Our first poop, our first smile, our first sleep through the night. Then we celebrate the first step, the first word, the first day at school. It’s all about firsts.
As we get older those firsts dwindle but they are still as important. The first date, the first job, the first baby. They are still there but less often. That is until some form of trauma or loss occurs.
I now find myself relishing firsts in the same way as I did when the children were first-born. Since Felix’s diagnosis, firsts have become all-encompassing; the first haircut, the first birthday, the first Christmas. We are currently increasing clinic visits to three weeks for the first time, Felix got winded for the first time yesterday, we are soon to go on our first holiday abroad since Felix was diagnosed.
When we are growing, these firsts are exciting and exhilarating. This time around I approach these firsts with caution and trepidation. I can remember last year as the first Christmas loomed upon us – I was pleased and relieved to see it come and go. The seconds are easier, this is now the #newnormal.
This occupation we have with firsts are apparent not only following trauma but also through loss. Any first moment, experience or occasion without a loved one is significant and tough. My heart goes out to all of those experiencing firsts through loss.
We all have and do live through these firsts. When we are younger, firsts tended to be emblazoned with happiness and delight. As we get older our firsts become shrouded in hope and resilience. It is this hope and resilience that is #beinghuman. In the most emotionally charged moments, we survive. We survive because we are driven by our inner soul and our we are motivated by our mindset. We know that we have to live through these firsts before they become a last.
As our first foreign holiday approaches, I am drawing on everything that is #beinghuman so that I enjoy and relish how lucky we are to have this first. I have to bury my worries and caution and replace my feelings with the happiness and delight that I remember from those wonder years.
I really can’t wait for the second though!
#beinghuman #doit #blogit