I swear to you the best conversations with kids come when riding in the car AND they speak the ultimate truth.
The other night I was taking our son to hockey practice. Our conversation started with him outlining his goal of getting to the NHL… all while being a professional scooter trickster. Scooter trickster?? YES- think X-Games or Xtreme Sport athlete. I said that eventually events and competitions held currently at the X-Games may end up in the Olympics so he could strive for that too. We were honestly being completely serious – I love hearing him talk about goals and dreams. It’s always great to strive for something.
As we talked more about scootering I asked… “Do you ever get scared when you try a new trick or jump.”
Without hesitation he said,
I was a little shocked by how readily he answered and how honest he was about his fear.
I then asked well how do you get over it. Personally at this time I couldn’t help but think about my own, almost paralyzing fear I’ve felt during CrossFit competitions.
He simply said… “I guess I just go try it.”
WOW. I know this sounds simple and easy enough but I wanted to pull the car over and just stare at him for a second… words of wisdom coming from the mouth of this 12 year old. He didn’t know it but it was a profoundly philosophical statement.
So often we can let fear guide us and stunt our growth, goals, and accomplishments. Does fear take a hold of us as we age or is it something we’re taught? I think, either way it’s something we can teach ourselves to overcome.
From here on out I’m promising to honor B’s advice and wisdom and … just try it.
Give it a try too!