When was the last time you did something for the first time? As adults we can’t say that we do this very often. Quite honestly, most of haven’t done anything new in so long we can’t remember what it was that we did. Some “grown ups” continually challenge themselves and push out of their comfort zone more often than not. I applaud them! But what is astonishing is how often kids do something for the first time! Can you imagine the amount of adrenalin rushing through their little bodies ALL of the time? Constantly daring themselves to be “brave” just like we tell them. Are we at all helpful in our encouragement when we ourselves don’t ever really step out on the edge and push ourselves?
Today Will went off the competition diving board into the deep end of the pool…..for the first time. This is a kid that would not get his face or ears wet in May of this year. He just decided this evening to go for it with his dad and did not falter in his determination. The board is about 3 or 4 feet off the surface of the water and is very springy! Dad went first. Not a pretty dive by any means, but impressive nonetheless to Will and Hank! Will was next. He walked to the end, waited for a countdown from Henry and me, and then bonsai! Jumped in, popped up, swam to dad, and asked to do it again. Astonishing! In the end, he was pulling off impressive cannon balls and swimming to the edge without an adult in the pool with him. (He even tried a dive, taking us completely off guard, and experienced his first belly flop. Ouch!)
On the way home, I was thinking to myself, “What a HUGE the afternoon for him!” He did something for the first time. We had no way of knowing and he will never be the same. It is such hard work being a kid. But there are such amazing payoffs. He will go to bed a very proud boy!
And now I ask myself, “What can I do for the first time?”