Choosing to run

M2 made me so proud last week.

Not because she won a race (or two).

Not because she broke a school record doing it.

But because she fought fear and and won.

Before the race she broke down, clutching us and begging we took her home.

She was so afraid to run - not sure how she would place.

Scared of failing.

Scared of falling.

This is her 4th school in 4 consecutive years.

The 4th time she has lined up against kids she doesn't know,
no idea of whether she will have what it takes to be a winner.

"Take me home Daddy"

Needless to say we did not make her run.

We believe that choosing to participate is entirely her choice,
and if she chooses to quit,
she will have to live with the regret... not us.

If she had decided to quit,
we would have been proud of her anyway.

We left the decision to her.

She quietly walked away and joined her age group.

She chewed her nails and surreptitiously wiped her tears.

Greg and I looked at each other and smiled ruefully.

This was her moment,
and winning was in the decision she chose to stand when her name was called,
and take her place in the designated lane.

Naturally she ran like the wind,
it is in her blood and she knows no other way.

I love life lessons like this.
When you can't help but see instant results for brave decisions.

She shone.

And then quietly asked us to leave, as she no longer needed us to watch.

She said it would be more fun to surprise us with more first place ribbons.

Which she did.

I have a lot to learn from my kids.

If I had half the courage they display,
I would be a different person.

Penny  – (February 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM)  

Well, someone had to impart that courage to them, my guess is perhaps a lady who has also moved four times in four years, conquering cities and continents over her lifetime.

Felicity  – (February 28, 2011 at 4:01 PM)  

There are lessons for us to learn every step of the way in life but if we can learn to face our fears and move through them we truly do live a richer existance.

Congratulations M2 and to your wonderful family for giving you the wings to fly.

x Felicity

Jenny  – (February 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM)  

I love this!! Yay for her! And for you for having the courage to allow her to make the decision on her own.

Gail  – (February 28, 2011 at 10:17 PM)  

I love Penny's somment here - my thoughts exactly. M2's decision.... but she has watched as her wonderful mum has chosen to put one foot in front of the other through the hard stuff too!xx

Meghan at MNM's  – (March 1, 2011 at 8:35 AM)  

What a wonderful life lesson and so beautifully shared. And you can just see the confidence and pride in that 2nd to last photo having conquered her fears :-)

Fiona  – (March 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM)  

Well done!
I had goose bumps.

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