Beginnings – July 30, 2017
I’m not what you’d call an avid social media user. I’ll occasionally post photos so distant family and friends can stay relatively informed, but that’s about it. However, a few weeks ago, there was a moment I couldn’t wait to share with the world – a snapshot of my 6-year-old son at the exact moment he crossed the finish line to earn his first BMX racing trophy; his fist raised proudly in the air as he realized exactly what he had just accomplished.
It’s a moment I’m thankful I was able to capture. And, honestly, it’s a moment I wasn’t expecting I’d get to see, at least not during his initial year of racing. His very first race came only a few weeks earlier, his first brave foray into something entirely new to both of us (minus my vague recollection of the classic 80’s film Rad).
Let’s face it – starting anything new can be terrifying, and this beginning was simply wrought with obstacles. I can remember all the nervous anxiety I felt for him during his first race. I fretted over whether he had the right bike. I worried if the equipment I spent so much time researching and debating over would protect him at all. And I agonized over whether all of this would end in some sort of disaster, whether in the form of a bloody nose and broken bones, or some crushing disappointment that would shape who he becomes and how he views his place in the world.He, on the other hand, was jumping out of his skin. He couldn’t wait to tackle this huge new beginning. To him, it was just another opportunity to learn how to do something he thought was “super cool” and to have fun and make new friends. I watched in awe during his first “moto” (track talk for a single lap) as he crossed the finish line in third place and, more importantly, unscathed. He wasn’t nervous at all for that first race, and to this very day, he still never has been – for any race. I envy that…
We often think parenting means teaching our children all that we can, and we tend to overlook how much they can teach us. Children are amazing little humans who often possess more fearlessness, more resilience and more tenacity than most adults I know, including myself. I recognize there is an opportunity for me to learn from all of this, one that has me oddly looking to my soon-to-be first-grader as one of my role models.
Every beginning has the potential to be terrifying. Whether it’s a first date or a first day at a new job, we adults have an unfortunate tendency to allow ourselves to become anxious over all the uncertainty. Imagine if we still approached life with the unabashed fervor of a 6-year-old. Imagine how many beginnings we could conquer…
Now is the perfect time for a new beginning
into the seasonal job world! Many summer employers are losing their college staff and need to fill those positions from now through the end of their fall season. It’s the perfect opportunity for a toe dip into the seasonal waters – or an actual toe dip into the Great Lakes, or a high alpine Rocky Mountain Lake, or the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean!
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