Life Lessons from an 11 year old

IMG_7583 (Small)The school holidays has come to an end and I have to admit that I feel really sad. It has been a great two weeks with my children and all we did was just hang out together at home.

My 11 year old taught me about minecraft. While listening to him speak, I realize how much he has matured into this incredibly talented boy.

His step brother, a 17 year old ┬ácame over to spend the week with us and planned to invade the minecraft world my son created. He plotted his plan by watching Youtube videos and made traps to steal weapons and created portals into an 11 year olds’ domain, to render him desperate and into a panic. In other words, just to annoy.

As pleased as the teenager would be with his plan, he was disappointed because his plan failed drastically. Why???

You’ve come down with a case of “Jerephobia”, my son’s nickname which he choose himself.

How could this 11 year old know how to undo all these traps so easily? The answer, “I read the book.” So I know everything but I still have more books to read so I can learn more.

He acknowledged his achievement with modesty knowing that he was still a student capable of learning more.

“Mummy, I will show you how to survive the Zombies and the Creepers, as you create your own world in survival mode. But first you must have the tools to survive.”

  1. a house to live in;
  2. a bed to sleep;
  3. a lamp to see when it gets dark;
  4. grow some veggies and spawn some meat.

“When you have all the basic needs, you can live happily in survival mode and build anything you want. There will be things that go wrong but you have the power to fix it. You must avoid the Zombies and Creepers as they can kill you. And helping others in the game only means that we become a more advanced learner. There is no such thing as violence in my world but it does exist outside. So I just move around to keep away from the bad things that can happen.”

He uses a video recorder to capture all his strategies and watches it to see where he had gone wrong.

He got pushed around, in school when he was younger because he is a small kid. But this year things changed because he changed his mindset because he embraced those life lessons.

We can make our life easy and not complicated if we know the rules to play in the game of life. What are these rules, whatever we make it out to be. There are no rules in our life because we just create what we need to survive. But you must know what you want or need so that you can work to get it and perhaps make a difference in life.

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".