When talent quits working hard.
I didn’t make this one up. Grace and I read it on the back of a t-shirt at a meet. The timing of it could not have been more perfect. Grace was at the tail end of a dry spell. She was flatlining. We were clinging to this sport for dear life and needed a rescue.
Grace made up her mind that things needed to change – and the only was that was going to happen was if she changed what she did. She joined a new team and really began to work hard. The results were pretty immediate, four weeks into the new season she had a great first meet. She has made sure and steady progress for the past 9 months and her strength, stamina and fitness levels have improved. Her still has things in her stroke that can and need to be improved. Her sister Sophie has a line she uses often in practice “I am working on it”. Sophie can make the mental connection that something needs to be changed and processes it until she gets it right. Grace needs to take a page out of her book.
I am glad things are going well. That Grace will be the first to admit that all of the changes that have taken place this year come solely from her commitment to work hard. It has been a fun year. I hope it continues. As a parent though I keep waiting for that next period of no change. I feel so much more prepared to handle it than I was last time but find myself secretly hoping that it never happens. Even though I suspect it will.
I also can’t help but be somewhat grateful that my girls have had to work hard for things in life. It is a valuable gift that will serve them well in life. If I could wave a magic wand and make them the best at everything I don’t think I would. It would be fun…for a while – but I think what they are learning is far greater than being the best. Striving to be the best…that I can handle.