I do wonder some days what goes through our 'Bob's head. I mean he does come up with some weird and wonderful ideas but this one came from left field. As most of you gather our conversations usually take place in the car to and from school so don't be surprised this one happened after I had picked him up.
'Bob' "I've been thinking..."
Mum "That's dangerous!"
'Bob' "What have I done with my life?"
I'm trying not to avert my eyes off the road but one eyebrow lifting stare to the left is required at this point...
Mum "what are you talking about, you are only 14"
'Bob' "well, I mean I haven't done anything I can remember"
Mum "you've done loads of stuff, you've sat in the cockpit of the concord, been on a train simulator at the engine works, been on lots of holidays, building a plane in the garden” Yes that last one is real!
'Bob' "yeah but what have I done with my life, I need to start thinking about my life...”
How do you respond to that...? I mean I ask myself that question all the time self evaluation doesn't come easy. I'm hopeless at it. I'm curious to see how he does manage it. For 'Bob' the inability to make simple decision is problematic in everyday life so to make such huge whoppers for a life plan is going to be interesting. His mindset and latest obsessions tend to dictate what he and we do next because unwittingly our lives follow his. Our routine for everyday tasks is firmly set, clothes in set order, when and how we eat breakfast, the morning constitutional, even down to the contents of our lunch box doesn't change day in day out. How is this young man going to build these into his life plan? Quite simply that is his life! Just because he does things quite rigidly and methodically doesn’t mean it's wrong. Frankly, if life was that orderly most people would find that they have more time on their hands. Without him realising he gets time management down to a fine art. It's me that pushes those boundaries. I'm the one flying around by the seat of my pants! Don't get me wrong I'm not scatty all the time. I love lists! And boxes and a home for everything. Maybe he's got something we could bottle! I still have to make the decision about which clothes get laid out, the contents of the cereal bowl, reminders about cleaning teeth and washing his face though. If you asked him coco pops or weetabix he would point in my direction “she’ll tell you” would be his response.
Ah and then we have the inability to accept change even if it’s in an orderly fashion. It causes unhappiness and anxiety which can reach astronomical proportions verging on exaggeration. Then we get the shut down so nothing gets done. Too many obstacles get placed in the way, and you might as well say goodbye and 'san fairy ann' to sound reasoning and logic! And then we stall!
OK he's 14 some may say too young to be thinking so far ahead, should be enjoying childhood! We don’t have that luxury of time at all because everything takes an age to plan and because of those dreaded obstacles it could take us until he's 40 to get where he wants to be. 'Bob' has so much going on in that little head of his, so many ideas, dreams, lives he wants to live I don't want him to lose that spirit in the process. We are here to guide him and help him to achieve them; some are so outlandish; at the moment he is planning on buying his own island and creating his own country! Now you and I know that it's not that straight forward, but in his head it is. Mr AUTYnary and I will go along, helping him find out information, even create his own family crest. Knowing all too well that at some point we may have to bring some of those ideas down to earth with a bump! I want him to embrace that entrepreneurial gumption, I want him to have those opportunities that could see him reach those dizzy heights of success, and I want him to have those chances! Even if it means I have to don on a life jacket and climb into a dodgy looking motor board dingy, travel the treacherous Irish Sea and climb into a tent on some windy remote uninhabited island off the Irish coast just to find out that setting up your own country might not be a good idea after all!