Saturday, January 31, 2015

Are You Ready?

My oldest got a new bike for Christmas which meant that my three year old inherited the old bike.  It's a little tiny bike to me, but for him, it loomed as a huge challenge.  He has ridden a tricycle since he was two and he was comfortable with it.  He wasn't about to make the change.

"So, are you going to try out Luke's bike today?" my husband asked him.  

"No, I not ready," my son said as he munched on his cereal.

"Okay.  Let me know when you're ready to try it.  I think you could handle it," my husband gently assured him.

"No.  I not ready yet," he repeated.

My husband let him know that was just fine then kissed him on the head.  "See you guys later.  Love you."

He left for work and I headed upstairs to put my daughter down for her morning nap.  As I descended the stairs I heard, "Great job, Drew!  You are doing it!  You're really doing it!"  I increased my pace and saw my three year old on the big bike riding around the garage.

"Wow, Drew!  That's amazing!  I thought you said you weren't ready!" I exclaimed.

"Well, I wasn't ready but Lukie helped me.  He showed me how.  I just figured it out!"

"Yeah, I told him it was really really fun cuz it has a horn so he said he would try it and he climbed on and started peddling and that was it!" my oldest regaled.  

I stood back from the moment for a minute.  I was so proud of both of them.  Proud of my three year old for pushing himself to try something that scared him.  Proud of my oldest for his love and encouragement.  Amazed at the possibilities.   When they have each other's back, they will be able to do anything.

Children push themselves to try new things all the time.  They learn to talk, walk, read, write and a million other things in the space of a few short years.  But how often do we, as adults, push ourselves past our fears to try something new?  How often do we take the risk, knowing there's a chance we might fail?  There are so many possibilities for your life.  Your support network waiting to help guide you.  Why not start today?

What have you been waiting to try?  Why not make a list and pick one.  You can do it!

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