BE BRAVE. Sometimes I think it is one of the bravest things ever to be an optimist, to hold on to the belief that everything will work out in the end. I’ve had to be brave to get to where I am. I’ve had to take risks and step out into the unknown and I’m going to have to continue to be brave if I want to get to where I want to be. Violet’s dad has done the same by moving away to pursue his career and his leap of faith has paid off. Our family will always be brave, and will never be afraid to follow a path that is right for them, even if the path is long, uneven or full of blind bends.
HUSTLE HARD. If there is one thing I could instil into Violet, it is that having a strong work ethic will get your farther than anything else. Sure, I’ve managed to fly by the seat of my pants through certain stages in life, but nothing produces results and delivers personal satisfaction like good old-fashioned grafting. As a family we will always work hard and try our best.
LIVE GENTLY. We try to live without negatively impacting other people or our surroundings. We try to bring a positive, chilled out atmosphere to every situation. Good vibes only.
Do you like the idea of putting together a shared manifesto or mission statement for the people in your household?
If nothing else, it can spark really good conversations about exploring our core values. Our mission statement is quite broad, because it has to be easily understood by a five year old, and incorporate her ideals as well as mine. But you can make yours as long and complex as you like, or you could sit down together and brainstorm a A Lannister Always Pays His Debts-type motto.
I imagine our Family Mission Statement will evolve over time, but for now, these three phrases sum up the shape I want our household to take.
Born to be wild,