I was recently at my daughter’s Gymboree class and found that little kids have amazing will! She has not crawled prior to this day, I suppose you could say that she “inch worms” around, and has a great way of getting around by simply rolling over a few times! On this day, however, no rolling, just good ole fashion army crawl! She was fixated on the napkin that I dropped out of my pocket unintentionally and she started crawling! She stopped a few times, looked at me, looked at the napkin, and started going again. As if to say “Can I make it?” and she did, and she was happier than could be!
I started looking around at the other kids in the class and it seemed to be a common theme. I sat there that day and I thought to myself how do people lose this motivation to achieve? I am probably victim to this, as I assume are most, and I just wonder at what point did we all forget this emotion? I looked at my wife and i said “She never gives up, does she?” Her response was a bit odd given the moment and the fact that I had not said a word until that point but she simply said “She can’t, she doesn’t know how to.” I guess it is our job as parents to keep this mentality present in their lives and more so in our own lives to lead by example. With that, I guess I have to be more aggressive in my dreams. How can I give up on my dreams and teach my daughters how to give up? Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint. I have to remember that, and I am not sure I will forget this day for some time!
I came home today and really just wanted to watch the basketball game…somehow the convincing of my daughter had me out on a beautiful day making art out of our driveway. I realized during my masterpiece that I had detached myself from all the stress of work, the worries of a 7.5month pregnant wife and was completely in a different world. For that hour or so I was 100% stress free. The kid in me came out, making me realize that maybe that should be taking place a bit more…I suggest you take time to be a kid again, afterall how much stress is there as a kid! None!