Never a miss a chance to let someone know that you love them, or let them know you care. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I think about this, or something touches my heart and lets me know that life is precious.
I feel this goes even further sometimes, as I think about the importance of being thoughtful and genuinely caring for another person. It feels likes too often we don’t see each other, but in some way we are all connected.
When you get older, you will look back on these words and understand the way I feel today.
I love you
Three words my son, but probably three of the most important words you have in your vocabulary. There are other words like I’m sorry that hold just as much importance.
Never miss the chance to let someone you love know you love them. These are not words to hold back from someone. The reality of life as I have learnt is that life can change in a second, so don’t miss that chance to let someone know you care. I love you, is so similar to a smile. It comes with very little cost to you. To say these words to someone you love, means the world to them.
When I grew up we didn’t say these words a lot, but I tell Koro (my papa) every time I see him now that I love him. It is weird for me as this man who was such an image of strength for me as a child, looks vunerable when I say those three words to him. I know he appreciates it every time.
Your world can change in a second
I am not here to scare you my boys, and that’s not the intention of this. But I have to let you know that your life could change in a second. So value every moment. Always let someone know you love them. Even if you are angry. If you love them make sure they know it.
Over the last few months, I have seen so many moments that have broken my heart. I have felt emotionally moved by articles from people who have lost everything, or who have found out that a family member is sick. This has happened around us on so many occasions and it is heart breaking.
It is one of the reasons why I encourage you boys to live by these words below. I don’t know if someone else has said them. They probably have, but as I wrote them it reminded me of the importance of life and the world around you.
Live your life as an adventure
See the world’s beauty in every moment
Never cease to be amazed
Appreciate the people you love
All too often I take the people I love for granted. I miss the opportunity to let them know that I care and there is never a wrong moment to tell someone how much they mean to you.
I’ve missed too many moments in my life to let someone know that they’ve meant the world to me. That how they made me custard squares every time I would arrive at their home meant so much to me. (I love and miss you Grandma). To make sure that I am thankful for the smallest things that someone I love does for me. Like making my favourite dip, or being there when I need them, or just ringing me to let me know they are there for me. (Thank you for always caring Mum).
Appreciate every person in your life my boys. Never miss a chance to say I love you.
With that I want to say;
I love you Mama, I know that I miss so many opportunities to tell you I care
That I have held these words from you when I have been angry when I know it is wrong
You are my world, you have created the happiness in my life
You’ve supported me to become the preson that I am today
I am sorry for missing opportunities to let you know I care
I love you Mama, to infinity and beyond (I had to add that for Rakeiora)
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