Today, I was thinking about how important it is to have people in your life that push you forward to evolve. It reminds me of a time when my daughter taught me one of my most valuable lessons in my life. Back in the summer, I was at the pool with my 7 year old who came running over to me. She said, "Mommy, I want to jump off the high diving board but I can't until I take the test. I am ready to take the swim test. I know I can do it." I said, "Baby that's something you do in the beginning of the day not the end. We have been here three hours and your tired there is no way you can do it now." I looked at my little girls face and realized I just told her she couldn't do something. Her mother, the one who preaches to people all day long that anything is possible. My little girl looked up at me and said, "You told me I could do anything if I believe I can and I believe I can."
I got tears in my eyes because my little girl teaches me lessons daily but this one struck a chord in my soul. I said, "Kaylee I believe in you too and I know you can. Let's do it."
I watched my little girl jump in the pool and put on her goggles. She looked up at me through the googles. I stared back and pointed at my heart. I then pointed at her and told her today was her day. I could see by the nervous smile on her face that she needed a boost. I said, "Kaylee, I got you baby. Just promise me you will give me your best." She said, "I promise mom," as pointed to her little heart, "to give it my whole heart." I had tears in my eyes as I watched the life guard come over to do the swim test. She had to swim 2 laps and then trend water for 1 min without taking a break he said.
The whistle blew. I saw my little girl start swimming and she was slow but she was steady doing freestyle. I was walking along the pool clapping. "Come on baby!" I said. "You look great! You are almost there!" About a lap and a half in she looked at me through tired eyes and shook her little head and started swimming towards the wall to give up. After I had been cheering her on and running along side her this whole time and I wasn't about to let her give up on herself so easy. I said, "Kaylee, I will not allow you to give up because I know you can do this! Now, You have a half a lap to go! Now Kick those little legs and get to the other side!!! You can and will finish this! I BELIEVE BABY." The two lifeguards were stunned. My little gave me a huge smile and somehow she found the strength to keep moving. Her little legs kicked faster and faster until her hand finally touched the wall. The lifeguard looked at me and smiled. A small crowd had formed at my loud cheering. As Kaylee got out of the pool, they clapped for her. She had the biggest smile on her face. She got out of the pool tired but smiling. We gave each other the biggest high five ever.
Then I pointed to the diving board and said, "Your Trophy awaits you lil champion." She started running over to the diving board and stopped. She looked back at me and came running back to give me a squeeze and then went running over to jump off the diving board.
As I watched her jump off, I realized opportunities to make a difference are all around us and usually they are found in the little things. Everyday tasks may seem meaningless but they are the core moments of our life that can be the factor whether we believe in ourselves or not. Everything we say and do matters. I would never again doubt my little girl when she tells me she was ready for something. My rockstar warrior heart goes BADA BOOM for my little girl.
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