Baby I’ve Been Watching You

As you get older you “do you” and you get involved in the mundane routine that is life. It may feel like you are just going through the motions that you aren’t aware of what is going on around you. Sure you might have set yourself some goals and you are chipping away at them slowly but surely but what you may not realise is that someone is watching you. Not in a creepy way. In a way that they admire you.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you did something that you thought was really cool? Like a trick on the monkey bars, mastered the cartwheel or learnt how to spell a new word? And you use to say to your Mum or Dad, or anyone that you looked up to for that matter “look at me! Watch me!” Your parents, or the adult that you called upon would smile and give you words of encouragement and tell you how spectacular your new trick was, or they will acknowledge how hard you worked for something. As you age, you learn not to ask people to watch you, and you seek to find that intrinsic motivation where you are proud of yourself. Of course, we are human beings and most of us do well by having our efforts recognised be it in a professional sense or in our personal lives, however we don’t hear it as often and sometimes it can take you by surprise.
If you have ever had the opportunity to be around small children you will realise that they are tiny sponges that soak up everything! And I mean everything! They are watching everything that you do and listening to every word you say (even if it doesn’t appear that they are) and out of nowhere they will mimic you. They will say a phase that comes out of your mouth in the exact same tone in which you say it. They might grab a cloth and wipe the coffee table because they have seen you do it, or grab a tissue for their sibling and try and wipe their nose because they have seen their parents do it.
However as adults we are much more modest and humble. We are taught not to boast. We keep our heads down and our bums up and we continually chip away. While we observe others we often keep our opinions and thoughts to ourselves. To receive a compliment for some can be confronting, for others they take it in their stride. If you notice someone is kicking life’s goals, let them know. Encourage them. Tell them how proud you are of them. Tell them how much they motivate you to set your own goals. Tell them that you have noticed. It’s easy to become complacent and to just assume that people ‘know’ they are doing well, but it is certainly another thing to be told. To hear it, to read it, and then in turn to feel it.
My point is that we often want what we don’t have, and more often than not there is someone watching you thinking that they want exactly what you have at this present time. So be grateful and thankful for all that you have, keep your chin up, hold your head high, and keep working towards those goals. Be kind; be respectful, because no matter how old or how young you are, you never know who is following in your footsteps.

Author: mabarberlissa

Hi and welcome to my blog! The aim of my blog is to share some of my experiences, my thoughts and feelings about mindfulness, while providing strategies on what gets me by in this ever changing, ever moving world! I hope that my readers gain something out of the entries as well.

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