From the day I found out about her existence, she’s been my greatest source of inspiration. I did not have to think at all when I saw the theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #115 – Inspiration. My daughter’s beautiful mind, her warm heart, resilience, and kindness inspires me every day. It makes me want to be a better person, and give her the right tools to live a full-filled life. A life of her choice.
Going on adventures with her, showing her the wonders of nature is one of the things I enjoy most in life. Sharing experiences that will open her mind and heart.
When we planned our trip to Oatman (AZ,) my daughter was very excited about the chance of seeing burros. When we got there she offered one of the burros to smell her hand. He choose not too, but they stood there looking at each other for what seem to be a long time. The burro was standing still and she could of easily touched him, but (in my daughter’s words) “since he choose not to smell my hand, I need to respect his space.” I could not of been more proud of her. She’s always had a very good hand with horses, but we have not spent a lot of time around burros. Little glimpses from her beautiful mind, hearing her reason like this at a young age makes my heart explode with pride and love for her. That inspires me.
Experiencing amazing nature, learning about the outdoors, and sleeping under the stars together is something that strengthens our relationship.
Last year we got absorbed by the beauty of the Grand Canyon together. It was the second time I took her there, but the first time we visited she was less than a year old. I have wonderful memories from that first visit, but her conscious mind will likely remember her second visit more. I don’t know if you’ve been to Grand Canyon? If you have, you know what an emotional experience it is. Experiencing this with my daughter meant a lot to me. Experiencing with all our senses together brings us closer, and open up for heartfelt conversations about life.
Do you remember the first time you flew a kite? How did it make you feel?
When my daughter told me she wanted to spend more time with her father, that lived in southern Nevada at the time, it inspired us to explore southern Nevada, and the majestic Red Rock Canyon. We spent a lot of our free time, in between work and school, here in the Red Rocks. To me it was inspiring to see what captured her imagination, and attention. I was drawn to the majestic vistas, and open spaces, she looked at the details; the formation of small rocks on the ground, caterpillars, and seed pods – very inspirational.
It definitely inspired me to try a little harder being a considerate human being, when I watched her volunteer reading to elderly people, at a picnic near Mt Charleston (NV.)
My daughter is mostly a calm person, that loves to think, and dream. Every once in a while she explodes in a burst of life, and that reminds me to always keep the inner child close at hand.
Last, but not least, her resilience and ability to adapt to new situations, like moving to a new country, is extremely inspiring. My daughter inspire me every day. If you are a parent, I am sure you can relate. Our children inspire us to become better, stronger, and more successful in what we do. ❤