Guest Post: Kirsten Bohlke

I met my friend Kirsten our sophomore year in college. But it wasn’t until our senior year, when we lived in the same apartment building that we were able to share many adventures. Since then I’ve appreciated all she brings to the world — a love for musical theater, a contagious laugh and a savvy sense for business. I’m thrilled that Kirsten is now living nearby and we are able to share adventures together and with our families. Thank you, Bohlke, for sharing your thoughts on 40 here at Motherlogue!
Life Lessons from a 4 Year-Old
By Kirsten Bohlke
As a newly-minted 40 year-old, I’ve recently found myself musing on such uplifting topics as wrinkles, old-lady hands, the BELLY (always the belly), the average lifespan for a reasonably healthy woman in the US (83), the age I’ll be when my youngest child graduates college (58) and the inevitable fact that I’ll soon need reading glasses.  Yet thanks to my daughters, I’m also reminded daily of the things that actually matter.  In fact, if my four year-old were to impart her most important life lessons thus far, I imagine they would be as follows:
  • Always be open to making new friends
  • Be silly
  • If you see a rock, climb it
  • Running is better than walking
  • Love every inch of your body – it’s perfect just the way it is
  • Find joy in the simplest of things – raindrops on your head, a spider in the kitchen, a rock on the sidewalk
  • Play, and then play some more
  • Kisses really do make things feel better
  • The concept of time is essentially meaningless – what matters is right NOW
  • Laugh and cry equally
  • Always yearn to jump higher and run faster
  • Be curious
  • Hold hands. A lot.
  • Actually believe you’re a princess. Or Harry Potter.
  • Life is more magical if you believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny
  • If you fall, get right back up and keep going
  • Dancing without music is totally acceptable – and just as fun
  • Dizziness is an exciting state of being, and is to be embraced
  • Salsa is the most delicious food on the planet (okay – that may be unique to my 4 year-old)
  • When swimming, just jump right in – the water is always fine
  • The Wiggles are every bit as talented as Mozart
  • Assume the best about people (and animals)
  • When the opportunity arises, splash
  • There is no such thing as being self-conscious
  • Go to bed early (theoretically)
  • Stop eating when you’re full
  • ALL birthdays rock – even 40th birthdays
Here’s to the next amazing decade!  I’m ready.  Except for the wrinkles part.
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5 Responses to Guest Post: Kirsten Bohlke

  1. Kim says:

    These are wonderful! My almost four-year-old shows me this every day, I just have to work harder at it. She’ll even prompt me “Mama, what are you going to do next to be silly?” It is so easy for her to be silly naturally, as well as spontaneous, creative, funny and innovative! I have to work harder at it, but she’s an inspiration to keep me trying every day to cherish life’s little and bit moments! Thanks for a great post!

  2. I love these, Kirsten! Here are some of my favorites:

    If you see a rock, climb it
    Laugh and cry equally
    When the opportunity arises, splash
    There is no such thing as being self-conscious
    Stop eating when you’re full

    I love the theme of “just do it” in these tidbits of wisdom. Reminds me of a Facebook post by another 40-something friend I saw the other day where she described roller blading in a public place while listening to music on her headphones. She said she tripped and ran into some rocks and generally blundered her way down the path, all the while singing along to music no one else could hear – she reflected on how freeing it was to just not care about what other people think. We all need a dose of “who cares?” Thanks for a great post!

  3. Mom/Gayl says:

    Kirsten, read your post this morning and it made my day! Great reminders not to take ourselves seriously – laugh, have fun and be merry. Having 2 grandsons helps me – as well as my 40 year old daughter. I’ll take the challenge to have my 65th Birthday Rock. Thanks for your great post.

  4. Sarah says:

    I love these too! Wise words at any age. 🙂

  5. Kim V says:

    Sweet! You have captured the playfulness of a four-year-old perfectly! This is conscious parenting at its best, I think: the fact that you can learn life lessons from your child. Thanks for a beautiful post!

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