Sooner or later everybody has a mountain to climb. And for your child, that challenge very well may come in youth sports. He will face an obstacle, a battle, a mountain that will test him to his very core and if he manages to face that uphill climb with persistence and passion, he will succeed.
Last February, during the Winter Olympics, I heard the story of Amy Purdy, para-snowboarder, and I was amazed at her persistence, her positivity and her outlook on life. As a snowboarder with big dreams, her mountain was very literal. She had plans to travel the world and snow board, until bacterial meningitis crushed her dreams…so she thought.
Take a few minutes to watch her story;
Eleven years ago, when I lost my legs, I had no idea what to expect. But if you ask me today, if I would ever want to change my situation, I would have to say no. Because my legs haven’t disabled me, if anything they’ve enabled me. They’ve forced me to rely on my imagination and to believe in the possibilities, and that’s why I believe that our imaginations can be used as tools for breaking through borders, because in our minds, we can do anything and we can be anything.
So the thought that I would like to challenge you with today is that maybe instead of looking at our challenges and our limitations as something negative or bad, we can begin to look at them as blessings,magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go. It’s not about breaking down borders. It’s about pushing off of them and seeing what amazing places they might bring us.
And that’s how your child will learn to climb his mountain.