Making memories with your family
There are so many moments in our lives that are unremarkable and soon forgotten. There are plenty of moments we’d rather forget. And there are those moments that will make us smile and stay with us forever.
I’ll never forget the day I got married, the day I welcomed my boys into the world, and the day we bought our house.
I’ll never forget the look on my kid’s faces when they first swam at the beach, zip-lined through a rainforest, and saw the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the Colosseum, and America’s national parks.
I’ll never forget the hospitality shown to us from complete strangers on the other side of the world, and the friendships made in the most unlikely places.
The incredible things we’ve seen and learned, the stories we can tell, and the time we’ve spent together travelling as a family is priceless.
These are the moments I want to make more of. The memories that I want to live on, in all our us, well into old age.
The great thing about being a parent is we get to decide how we’ll spend our time and money. We can choose to decide what’s important to us, or we can just let life take over.
I find as a parent, wife, and entrepreneur that I often get stuck being so busy in the never-ending cycle of cooking, cleaning, deadlines, and competing demands that it’s not good for anyone.
In my mind, there’s so much more to life than a completed to-do list, and owning the latest fashions or gadgets. There’s more to life than Fortnite, and Disney princesses.
The thing is, travel to me isn’t about ticking boxes of how many attractions we’ve seen. It’s about learning about ourselves and the world around us. It’s about building understanding and relationships. And it’s about having some fun together as a family.
And the great thing is, you don’t need to have lots of money to travel. Yes, money absolutely helps if you want to travel further, for longer, and do it in comfort. But some of the best memories can be made with borrowed camping gear in the national park or staying with friends in a different city.
Throughout my childhood, I loved playing sport, reading and hanging out with my friends. But looking back on my childhood memories there are a few cherished stand-out moments. Being school hockey captain, celebrating Danish Christmas (in Australia) every year, and most of all, the trips we took as a family.
Yes, I’ve done a whole lot more to be proud of, but they’re not the things I look back on.
While I’ll have to wait patiently for some memories to be made, I’m determined to continue providing the opportunities now, so we can get off the day-to-day treadmill every now and again, and have some incredible adventures together.
Now it’s your turn. What do you want your memories of parenthood and your children’s memories to be filled with?
To give you some inspiration, here’s one of my favourite short videos on what I want out of life for my children. Enjoy!