As parents, most of us strive to make our children’s lives better than our own. We get them into good preschools and hope they make lots of friends (but only the good ones with parents that are as like-minded as ourselves). Then we push to get them into the right classroom with the right teacher, and sometimes even a better school. We enter our children into after school programs, music lessons, sporting activities, and buy them electronics so they aren’t left behind by society. We do all of this because we think it’s the right thing to do.
And it is- for the most part. As they get older, they start to push back. Their schedules dominate your own social life. Suddenly, years go by and you wonder to yourself if you are doing the right thing. Giving up is so much easier than arguing or forcing yourself to drive out of town. Suddenly, a moment hits you like a ton of bricks.
There is your child superseding your expectations. All those arguments, all those hours, all coming to fruition as they lead the pack. You jump up and realize their potential is still there as you cheer them on. Now, more than ever you want to boost your child up and help them reach for their goals. All those future hours and arguments don’t matter, because at this exact moment, they are number one in your eyes. Nothing will take that away from them, or you for that matter.
My son, the future Olympian. I still have dreams for him and I hope he strives for the same goal. The choice in the end is his. I am proud of how far he’s gotten in just five years. I don’t know where he will be in five years, but I’m willing to put forth the effort and support him in his decisions.