Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Reflections on competing.

Dear Samina,

I loved cheering you on last week during your Sports Day. But I don't think it was the best day for you. I looked through all the pictures and video I took. It was apparent from the beginning that you just did not look happy.

Walking out onto the field, you seemed nervous. Maybe apprehensive. This is not you at all.

But, we all have those moments, don't we? Moments when we're scared of what's to come, scared of how we will do, whether we will win, or lose, or embarrass ourselves. And sometimes, when it seems like the whole world is staring at you, all you can do is just put one foot in front of the other...

and run!

Or walk.

Or speak up.

Or take on that challenge in whatever form it presents itself.

That's how every journey you ever face will begin.

You face it. You conquer it.

One step at a time.

Even if you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders ... or head, as the case may be...

even if you're scared, or nervous, or afraid of looking silly... just try. Just try. And never look back.

Sometimes you will win. And everyone will love you. And sometimes you will cry...

But I think you will quickly realize..

we will still love you.

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