I treated my 13-year-old son Jack to breakfast at a café on the Rockingham foreshore just the other day. We were going to share a plate of Belgian Waffles with maple syrup and ice cream (mmmm, yummy!!), but when we got there we were informed that they’d run out of waffles and were waiting for more to arrive sometime that day.
Hmmm…I guess their “homemade” waffles aren’t really homemade then…
No matter. I ordered a Full Breakfast and an empty plate for me. Jack doesn’t like mushrooms, tomatoes or bacon, so I always have them.
Over breakfast, Jack was musing over why he had to go to school, if he wasn’t learning any life skills. He said nothing he learnt in school was equipping him to handle real life in the world of adults.
I told him to consider the 12 years of education he was getting as a mere Foundation upon which to base the rest of his life.
For this analogy, I used the example of a Rubik’s Cube. The first 6 years in primary school gives you the 6 sides of a blank Rubik’s Cube – 1 side per year. The second 6 years in secondary school/college are where you earn the colours for each side of the Cube.
At the end of 12 years of school, you get this:
What you do with it afterwards, is where you either make a difference, or simply comform and follow the dictates of Society. Most people simply put their pretty Rubik’s Cube up on display, and never ever touch it for fear of destroying the nice order of the colours, all uniform on every side.
Jack asked me then, metaphorically speaking, what I’d done with the Rubik’s Cube I had.
I said mine looks like this:
It’s a real puzzle.
But hey, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I may not have a Perfect Life, I may not have my “Happily Ever After”, but I’m Happy. And isn’t that what Life is really about? My Life is Interesting. But perhaps those who’ve led quiet, sheltered lives, who’ve simply followed in the footsteps of their forebears, who dare not put a foot wrong or question the norm won’t understand.
John Lennon nailed it: