Try and try again
My daughter just started gymnastics for the first time. I am not a mother who thought about putting her in activities the second she could walk, but of course now, I feel bad that I didn't. My child is like me, very nervous to try new things, likes examinations and breakdowns and plans. Her first class was anything but and was a total disaster!
She wanted to know why I didn't start her younger. Why everyone else knew what they were doing and she didn't. What do you say? I didn't even take gymnastics myself, I have no idea what to do! She is just so flexible and I watch her flipping around tree branches, so it seemed like the natural choice!
Over the next week we practiced on the sofa and in the yard, I could see her trying but then getting immediately discouraged when something didn't work. This was the first time she had ever done summersaults and cartwheels, they are a lot harder than I remembered! We watched YouTube videos and had a wonderful friend come over to do some one on one "training"! With in a matter of days she was doing cartwheels. To watch her go from flinging her body around to gradually staying in a line and finally to get her legs up and around was really neat. It made me think how similar we are and how I need to keep going too.
I too, avoid things that are new eventhough all signs point to it being something I would be good at. Its the fear of not knowing what you are doing and looking silly. This past year has been full of unknowns and I imagine the next year will be more of the same. Starting down the path of a new career is terrifying. I ask the same questions, why didn't I start younger, why does everyone else know what they are doing? I need to follow the same advice I gave to my daughter. I will do my research, make a plan, make small steps forward, and just keep going. Hopefully I too will get to say "I did it"!
Its funny how the same advice and encouragement given to a seven year old applies so directly to her mother. And, congratulations to my little one, who just kept going, YOU DID IT!