Sports have always come easy to my children. This has been true especially for BoBo. I have fond memories of a friend who provided me with prenatal massages during my pregnancy and labor; she used to rub my large belly and say, “Basketball; I see lots of basketball in this boy’s future.”
And it was true. Not only was there basketball (LOTS of basketball), but there was soccer, baseball and football too. BoBo always approached an athletic challenge with 100% effort and confidence. Tom and I encouraged him in sports and used it as an analogy for how to approach life. Practice to do well.
Through the years we have tried to instill in our children good values. It is important to reinforce these valuable lessons by being a good example. Striving for success is one of the many lessons I have tried to teach by example. Strive for success in whatever it is that you decide to do.
I know that my children have seen me put in the hard effort and dedication in my marathon training. They know my goal of qualifying for Boston. They know that it is not a goal that will come easily, but it is a goal that I truly believe is “possible.”
Over our kitchen table is a framed poster that was brought back from the Boston Marathon by my friend Natazha. On the top it says, “Some finish lines mean more than others; it’s What Happens at Boston.” On the bottom it says, “Impossible is nothing.” I believe.
I believe in trying even when you “might” not make it…. because you just might make it. So why is my son afraid to try out for the Basketball Team at school? Is he afraid of failure to make the cut? This is not my boy; my boy isn’t so afraid of failure that he won’t even try. Please BoBo, please come back and kick this imposter out of our house.