Initially, she didn't support my Pacific Crest Trail adventure. Not because she didn't want to, but because she was scared. This devastated me as I couldn't rationalize how the woman who brought me into this world wouldn't want me to live to the fullest and discover my best self.
But there are three sides to every story. My angle, my mom's version, and the black and white facts of the case.
So, I sat down to get her side. Not only does it help me understand, but for every parent who doesn't realize they are holding the reigns too tight--- listen up! Your kid isn't answering your phone call or only responds to your text with one word because they don't want your two cents trump their determination.
Yeah, you've lived longer and experienced more, but that doesn't mean you're right. It doesn't make you wrong either. What if you allowed them to walk their own path? If that means stumbling so what, they won't roll over and die from it.
Ultimately, if you let them spread their wings, your kid will make a beeline for your advice when they need it.
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