|Going for it.|
Rosie: Mom, I really want to break 60 seconds this run. (her first run was a 1:04)
Me: I really think you can do that, kiddo.
Rosie: It's weird. I felt like I could do it all season and now I can't.
---> insert deep breath
Me: Rosie, you're a beautiful skier. And you're an awesome athlete. And you'll always do well. But, if you want to get out there and be faster, you have to get a little hungrier and be willing to take some risks. You don't have to to do that today. But when you're ready, that's going to make the difference. You have to want it just a little more. You know what I mean?
Rosie: Yeah. I think so.
---> the coaches called them out at this point
Me: Good luck, Rosie! Go get 'em. Have fun.
Rosie: See ya.
She didn't break 60 seconds her second run. But she went for it. She came down looking like a different skier. A little less cautious. A little more hungry. She crossed the line in 1:02. Which was awesome. Because the second run, which is always slightly different from the first, was clearly a slower run for most of the racers, which meant that Rosie had improved on a harder course which bumped her up 20 places for that run and put her in 40th. It was a big improvement for her. And she knew it. She felt it. I could see it when I met her at the finish. "Holy crap, kiddo. What did you do?" I asked. "I went faster", she said excitedly. "No kidding", I laughed. She then went on to tell me that she'd thought about it while she was at the top waiting to go and, while she'd been a little scared, she decided it was worth it to try to ski it differently, to see what she could do. Hot damn, I thought. She hugged me and skied of to who knows where, because it didn't matter. The next day, she took that positive mojo and applied it to her slalom runs. Again, she went for it. And, again, she improved. And, yes, again, she was thrilled. She ended up in 34th out of about 70 racers, which might as well have been first place for her. In the end, Rosie got two valuable lessons, while I got two important reminders. First, if you want things to change, you've got to be willing to step outside your comfort zone and go for it, regardless of what the outcome might be and second, improvement, of any kind, is pretty damn awesome. Thanks, Rosie. I needed those as much as you did.
|Proud mom, happy kid!|
Listen to this:
Lean On - Major Lazer