We Wisdom: Wise words
|By Anabelle Craig - Contributing writer | January 25, 2018|
Now that I am officially 14 years old, I think it’s time to share some wisdom that I have learned while living on this planet. That’s not to say I have lived on another planet but I have met a man who has gone to outer space.
Fences really hurt when you run into them and bones don’t always go crunch when you break them. Soup can burn and sushi is the perfect meal. Table manners and a good night’s sleep make for pleasant company.
Dogs smile and roosters get angry. I know the inner workings of a chicken, a piano and a small business. I still eat poultry, play a few scales and have started at least six companies so far. Grandparents don’t always appreciate the appeal of blue hair. Lego is a forever toy. Pluto is not a real planet. High school ain’t all bad. Homeschool kids are not weird; our freak flag is just more colourfully decorated and handwoven. The cello is the best instrument in the world and YoYo Ma is amazing in concert.
1970 and 1980’s TV shows are still relevant and the original Star Wars are still the best ones.
You should always have at least three or more books with you at all times. Rock concerts are just as amazing as going to the symphony and Dolly Parton was as good as my parents said she would be.
Weddings are expensive, funerals are emotionally draining and newborn babies smell weird.
I have embraced the cold and learned to ski, snowshoe, ice skate, gone dogsledding and even tried to catch a fish while ice fishing.
During the dog days of summer, I have enjoyed summer camp, captained a sailboat, paddled a canoe, braved the high ropes, shot a bow, slept under the stars and made friendships that will last a lifetime.
I have read poetry to ducklings, held on for dear life while riding a sheep in a county “mutton ace,” bottle fed a baby pig, cuddled a bunny, hunted for a lost (goat) kid, witnessed the birth of a newborn foal and cried when my chicken laid her first egg.
I have put my feet in two of three of Canada’s coastal waters, gone whale watching, hunted for icebergs, watched puffins and bald eagles soar over the rocky shores, visited almost all the capital cities, and Canada is the most fantastic country on earth.
Fire starting is a skill. Power tools aren’t just for boys. Busking is a great way to get over stage fright. You can forget how to ride a bike and when you fall off a horse it hurts. Glassblowing is a sweaty experience and raw cookie dough is delicious.
Every day I learn something new and try to tackle each task with an open mind. Bumps in the road can be navigated and obstacles are opportunities to learn.
The support from family and friends is what helps you grow but sometimes you need to walk onto that stage by yourself.