I read a quote once that said, “Children don’t hear us. They imitate us.”
That quote resonated with me and I tried to be a good example to my younger siblings. Of course, as the eldest child, it kind of is our first nature to be the leader of the pack. Now, the leader has the responsibility to be the best example, right? So all my life, I have tried to be the best example I could be so my younger siblings would be able to look up to me and do better. Because, you see, children don’t really listen to what we tell them. Instead, they’d mimic us. They don’t care what you say, what they’ll notice is what you do. That’s the simple truth.
Travelling is something I’m immensely passionate about, but it also means that I’m not home for more than three months. This means not being able to see my family for months and months! Sometimes, even years! Naturally, it’ll take a toll with how I see my brothers grow, but one thing that makes me happy is seeing my brothers grow curiouser and curiouser.
A few years ago, I took a trip to the mountains and my youngest brother tagged along. I actually had never travelled with a sibling alone before. Not knowing what to expect, I was really nervous. My mother was manic, and she instructed me to send her an update three times a day! How crazy? I think I know how to take care of myself and my brother. But oh well, I followed my mother’s instructions. To be fair, I think that my brother did a pretty good job hiking the treacherous trails, and it made me really proud that he’s taking an interest in exploring. I guess, he’d always see me doing it and now he’s trying to do it too.
Hopefully, in the next coming years I would be able to travel more and more with my brothers. It has been a great opportunity to show them the best things in life, and it has been a pure joy to be able to let them experience the true beauty of the world. Because sometimes, the bond that you have shared out there is so incomparable. It will, most definitely, be a moment that you will never forget. I can assure you that.
Children don’t really listen, they imitate. I hope that we’re all showing the children around us how to do things beautifully, compassionately, and respectfully. Let’s all be decent examples on how they should grow up to be. Never let their curiosity die. Never.
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Matthew 6:7-8 NIV