Turning down every chance you’re given.
Takes the risk out of life, but friend
How the hell can you call that livin’?
Out There—from the Broadway Musical, Barnum
I have been thinking a lot about the pathways our children will take. As I reported the news on Ryan Reed’s huge victory this weekend in Daytona, I could not help but wonder what it was like in his house growing up. How often do we tell our child ‘no’ on something? How do you think that played out in the Reed household.
“Hey ma, I’m thinking at traveling at speeds over 200 miles per hour to be the first across a waved checkered flag. But don’t worry about my diabetes.”
Right? I’m thinking the same thing.
We as parents are always faced with two decisions; yes….and no. Pretty simple right? Of course not and any parent will tell you that there are so many decisions that do not come with any ease whatsoever. We labor over decision after decision. We labor on the right and the wrong? We labor until it pains our hearts to allow our kids the platform to grow and expand their horizons.
But do we? And THAT is the question we must ask ourselves before we answer anything else. Are WE the ones who hold our kids back for fear of what COULD happen. And why? What is the worst that could happen to them. They fail? They get hurt?
Why get a driver’s license ever (much less be a professional racecar driver)? Why Ski? Why mountain climb? Why play sports? The answer of course is simple, because they want to; that’s why.
And that simple answer is the toughest call we make every and singe day. Robert Kennedy once said; “Some men see things as they are and a why, I dream things that never were, and ask why not?”
You can find a thousand excuses not to do something, but you only need one good reason to do the same thing. Your kids deserve that thought process. Think about it.
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