I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought, “This not only applies to how we raise our children, but also to ourselves as adults.” How many times have you strayed from trying because you thought you’d fail or never succeed to the capacity you desire? I know I’ve had my fair share of these moments – especially in the writer’s world.
I am always flattered and floored when someone compliments my writing but shrink away from giving it an honest go both out of frustration on which direction to take and navigating the seas of confusing information on how to “start” in a journalist’s world without a degree or experience.
Little reminders like this, placed randomly in my path, are the sole reason I even continue to write and blog.
There have been a few posts on this blog about child-athletes and parents. I have a child-athlete. Tonight was her first big meet of the season and we truly did not anticipate on her being able to participate in each event. See, she has been having a wee bit of a problem with a new skill on the Uneven Bars. And by wee problem – I mean that she has been unable to successfully transition into a high bar kip.
Coach told us that there was a high probability that she would be “scratched” from the event this evening which would affect her overall scoring. It was, however, in her best interest instead of the alternative – lower scores as a result of of “assistance” during the event. Judges take a big deduction off the score if the coach “touches” the gymnast to help her on an event. We had accepted this and were prepared.
So, last night, coach gave her and a couple of other team mates the opportunity to “try” to make their kip just to be able to warm up bars at today’s meet. If they couldn’t do it, they wouldn’t even warm up. If they made it and then made it again today on warm-ups, they would compete the event. As you may have guessed, she made both.
While I was terribly excited for this accomplishment, I was utterly distraught watching! She made the kip, did her skills but dismounted too early and lost some big points. Instead of agonizing over her loss, we celebrated her success: She made her high bar kip! That is a really big deal. Did she qualify for States in this meet? Nope, not even close. She did however, score better than her pre-meet competition and walked away holding her head held high for competing all 4 events.
I couldn’t be any prouder of her than I am right now because she proved to herself that she did it! This may very well be her last season competing in Gymnastics but she will come away a winner in my eyes always – she tried and succeeded instead of quitting. And that is something to celebrate
The Economy of Good Sleep is the profound relief of the exhaustion compounded with that feeling of prosperity, like you’ve found the gold coins at the end of the rainbow. The downside is you awaken early in the morning and instead of rising because your body is recharged, you fall back to sleep for a few more hours and upon waking this second time, you are completely exhausted all over again.
I went to bed early last evening. Awoke at 325 am, decided it was too early to be awake although I felt fabulously rested and then reset the alarm for two hours later. Now my body is rebelling, it wants to sleep for a few more hours and keeping my eyes open are a chore. Honestly, I should have gotten up at 325!!! This is not exactly what I had in mind when I set off for an early bedtime!!