What keeps you awake at night? We all have something that wakes us up at 2 am. Maybe it is something on your “to-do” list that didn’t get “to-done.” Maybe it is a mistake that you made in your past. Maybe it is something that hasn’t even happened yet. In my house, we call that pre-worrying.
I have a lot of things that keep me awake these days. For starters, my youngest child is 16. He has learned to drive, but I can’t seem to get an appointment for him to take his behind the wheel test, no matter how many times I call. So, there is that. I know that we will be looking at colleges next year, and soon enough, he will be out in the world on his own. I started teaching him how to do laundry last week. He is a good kid, but like all teenagers, sometimes he makes me a little crazy. I know I’m not the only mom who feels that way.
And yet it is interesting. There are definitely days when I can see the man he will become, and I hope that his spouse will appreciate the things that we have taught him. Even more than that, I hope that this place, Coos County, is a place he can come back to, if he chooses. I hope that he can find a good job to take care of his family, and good schools for his kids. I want good roads and bridges, and reasonably priced housing for him to pick from.
It is so odd to think that the work we do now makes a difference in the choices our kids have in twenty years. Will we invest the time, energy, and resources into making this a place that will continue to grow and thrive after we are gone?
And more importantly, what keeps you awake at night? Tell me. I want to know.