A savior is one who brings salvation, one who can can provide you liberation from ignorance. Even when we skillfully prepare for life events there are still things you never knew you never knew. Acknowledging this lack of awareness while at the same time being truly open to new experiences you often gain the most useful and definitive knowledge. Be a student of life and life will bring you teachers. My children are my saviors. My children have become my teachers.
Parenting has presented me with abundant opportunity to flounder and plenty of liberty to become versed on living in the moment and being open to admitting that I don’t even come close to knowing it all. Knowledge of human nature, for example, is best acquired by seeing it grow from the moment parenthood begins. There is no better way to grasp human kind than by being a parent. I didn’t know this until I became a parent. Even the experience of being a person doesn’t prepare you for raising one. This in itself is a conundrum. But the wonderful, unexpected part of parenting is that you have the lucky chance to learn a great deal about the person that you already are, the person you bring with you and the person you want to become all by entering into this new undertaking. You are suddenly presented with a key to unlock a secret part of your brain that opens up a new level of concern, caring, kindness, and love. With this unlocking, you gain the opportunity to expand your ability to love and devote yourself to others in an entirely heightened manner. My children have not only expanded my ability to grow into a reawakened version of the self that had felt at a plateau, they have unlocked courage to pursue interests in ways I never dreamed achievable.
I want to be the best version of myself regardless the sacrifice. I recognize parenting as a practice much like many other pursuits in life. Each experience builds your knowledge base and prepares you for the next, and every person you meet has something unique and salient to impart on you. Just make it your aim to pay close attention and decipher the messages in the right way at the right time.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou