One of the most amazing things about children is their unlimited capacity to dream and believe. Ask them what they want to be when they grow up and you’ll get answers nothing short of a super hero, an actress, an astronaut, a surgeon, a school teacher.
Their little brains are full of belief and short on doubt.
For the past several weeks, my husband and youngest son have been ‘training’ for a mud run. It’s their second annual race to run together. Rather than putting in the work to finish first, it’s been an amazing bonding experience between the two of them and a fun and healthy way to spend time together.
The culmination of the training is a 2-mile mud run, with obstacles, both mentally and physically challenging.
I didn’t know if my son would be able to do some of the obstacles, but I trusted my husband. I knew he would be safe and I knew he would give it 100 percent effort because of the time and training they had put in together to prepare for this race.
You can imagine, as a mother and having run many of my own races, I just wanted them to finish successfully. Time didn’t matter. Effort did.
As I waited by the finish line, the final obstacle was the “Warped Wall”. I’ve seen similar obstacles in television shows and it seems quite difficult. I saw several men climb it with ease. I saw several men struggle. I saw women make it one attempt and others that required the help of others to climb it. The camaraderie of complete strangers was amazing. It was emotional thing to watch. Seeing people literally pulling each other across the finish line was truly inspiring.
As I waited for my boys to approach the last obstacle, I couldn’t help but think that there was just no way my son will make it over that wall. My heart was sinking for him.
When it was their turn to attempt the WALL, I saw a little fear in my baby’s eyes…a fear that caused my heart to flutter at a rapid pace.
But then something so crazy happened. I saw him look to his daddy and this is what I heard.
“Just believe you can do it and you will.”
And like that….he took off.
In one run up the wall, he grabbed the hands of another stranger and made it over the first time. I couldn’t believe it. He did it. My baby did it!
He believed it. He achieved. He didn’t allow doubt to overcome his fear. He just went for it. He did it.
Imagine if we could approach the things in our lives that seem insurmountable. Imagine if we let go of fear and just believed. Be your own hero. Do epic things!