Life is Like a Surf Comp!!
Today I had the absolute privilege of taking my three kids to a school surf comp. It was one of our best days ever as a family. A gorgeous sunny day at Caloundra, great surf, great friends and we got to encourage and support all the beautiful kids competing for our school in the competition. A very precious day. The thing is I couldnt help but analyse and smile to myself at the behaviours of the kids and the parents alike. As a parent, watching your child compete in anything can bring out all sorts of issues within you. Both good and bad. Perhaps your own unresolved feelings from childhood experiences that suddenly out of nowhere re surface their ugly heads. You think you’re a well adjusted adult then all of a sudden you are yelling at the judges for their unfair scoring of little Johnny or you secretly hope that little Susie doesnt get any waves, her board snaps and she loses the heat…….just so your little darling can WIN!!! WIN!! Did I say WIN!!!???? We tell our kids it doesnt matter, that winning isnt everything when deep down we know we want it even more badly than they do! Its hilarious when you think about it. The idea is to have fun and enjoy yourself but we all remember the feelings when you dont win and I guess the reality is we dont want our precious children to share that pain. There are always the kids that seem to win everything. They’re great looking, athletic, intelligent and succeed in everything they do. We all know those kids. We all know those adults. I was never one of them and sadly my kids arent either. They’re great kids and do well at alot but they’re not the ones winning it all and they have to try hard at whatever they do. That was me. Thats still me! I have always had to work hard and be consistent to accomplish any of my success in life. I still do and I somehow think I always will. But the beautiful thing is that I’ve learnt to fully appreciate the rewards for my efforts and I take nothing for granted. I love my life and I’m proud of all that I’ve achieved. Has it come easy? NO! And I would love for my children to have an easier ride but what I’ve learned through my experiences is more precious than gold. I will impart that into my kids and help them every step of the way.
I choose to help motivate, encourage and inspire as many people as I can because I know how much we all need it. We thrive on it and it pushes us to try harder, do better and ultimately WIN in life!
And to me thats the greatest success. A life that we love, that we’re proud of and that we can enjoy every single day.