This week I got to watch my oldest daughter play basketball. And when I say play I really mean learn to play. For those who don't know, I grew up loving the game of basketball. It was my refuge during the crazy times. There were countless nights that I would be in the park by the house that I grew up in playing basketball until 2-3 in the morning, or until the neighbors called the police and they came and told me that I had to go home. So when she approached us and said that she wanted to play, my eyes lit up. There may never have been a prouder moment in my parenting life!
I am doing everything in my power not to be one of the people who try to live their life vicariously through their children. Do I want my daughter to learn to love the game that I played? YES! But if she does not love the game the way that I loved the game, that will be just fine with me too!
The decisions that our children make regarding what they enjoy doing is NOT a reflection on us. Please encourage your children to pursue THEIR dreams, and NOT to pursue your dreams, just because you want them to. It is not fair to them! They don't need any additional pressure. Let them choose their own path!
Movement is my medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam