How many times have you said to your child:
Even though they haven’t done that thing before, even though they might come in last place, even if they are soooo very nervous, even if they are worried they might fail?
Yesterday I watched my son complete in an enduro mountain bike race. His first, he was full of nerves, and he truly expected to come in last. But he showed up, "mom, my goal is to be faster than at least one person."
What’s an enduro you ask? It starts with a bike ride from the start area up a hill about 900 feet, that takes about an hour. Then at the top they wait in line for the race coordinator to let one person at a time ride down a dirt trail as fast as they can. They repeat this 3 more times while their mom tries not to worry as she waits to see a black shirt with a blue stripe coming down a rocky trail. Thanking the heavens above he’s wearing his full face helmet.
I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous I couldn’t even watch some of the other riders flying down the mountain.
Then it happened, a rider came around the corner and my husband said “that’s Nick!” I held up my phone to record, held my breath and yelled his name in my bravest voice (go buddy came out).
He was AWESOME!!! I was so amazed at how easy he made the trail seem, he knew the turns, which rocks to go over or around and was flying down the mountain. When he finished I almost cried with relief and walked as slowly as I could manage to him and gave him a big long hug. And then I saw it.
His face. He was so full of joy, pride and accomplishment. Standing up tall and confident. He couldn’t wait to do it again. My 15 yr old, 6’2”, “little” boy had taken on this event even with all the questions and doubts in his head. He wasn't last, and he can’t wait to do it again.
Shouldn't we all follow our kids' example? Dare to take on a challenge. Try something new, challenging, difficult. Sign up for an event even if you might come in last. Dare to imagine how proud you’ll be of yourself when you do.
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