Nervous, a semi-sleepless night. Anticipation of what’s to come…

As many of you know, I am the mama of 2 boys and both of them love sports, especially basketball and soccer. And now that school’s out, they have even more time to play. And they do.

But…

We have many mantras in our home and “challenge yourself” is one of them. And challenge themselves this July they did.

There is a local summer camp program that includes classes like robotics, video game design, engineering, etc. And while my boys do enjoy these subjects, going to this camp is out of their usual ‘summer’ element of sports and outside and swimming. Sure, they like math and science but this program is amazingly different.

Sunday night, as they were going to bed, they both confided in me that they were nervous going to camp. Asking questions like:

  • What if I don’t know anyone?
  • What if I get lost?
  • What if I don’t know what to do?
  • What if it’s hard?

Not unlike questions you ask yourself when you are starting a new job, going to a new place, taking a chance…challenging yourself.

Being their mama, I told them I loved them, am proud of them and always believe in them – because I do. But I have to admit that during the day yesterday (Monday), I had the little, nagging voice in my head asking:

  • Did you make the right decision sending them to this camp?
  • Are they okay?
  • Did they make a friend?
  • Are they having fun?
  • What if they hate it this year?

Not unlike questions you ask yourself when you love and support your kids, want to do the right thing and help them grow…challenging yourself.

My boys had great days. When I picked them up, the smiles on their faces warmed my heart. No, it wasn’t all butterflies and rainbows. My older son is in a class that’s hard for him. He told me he didn’t know what to do – but he asked the teacher for help. And even today he admitted that while he’s not crazy about the class, “I guess it is just an hour every day. And I might learn something new.”

Do I want to protect both of them? Keep them safe? Make life as easy as possible?

Yes.

But is that always the right thing to do? No. I need to give them space to grow, do new things, things that aren’t always easy. Because we are challenging ourselves.

So, whether it be something for me or something for my boys or my family, I look to challenge myself. Do you?

Know your limits.

Challenge them.

Then expand them.

With a Smile,

Amy