blake started football yesterday. it's his first time playing and i am so excited i could just pee! i don't know why honestly. i could give a rats ass about football, but i'm just excited for blake to be playing another sport aside from baseball. plus, he's been wanting to play it for years now, so i think i'm just happy that he is finally getting the chance.
the coaches were telling us parents at the team meeting all sorts of things like, "your son is going to want to quit. don't let him. it's going to be hard. he's going to cry. he might puke. he's going to hate it. he's going to be sore. he's going to whine." and tons of other things. all things that are more than likely, very realistic. but then i had a thought.... if you don't tell the kids these types of things, they might not even think them.
example- i asked blake last night after his almost 3 hour practice if he was sore or if his legs hurt. he said, "no- i feel awesome." so i just figured he would be sore this morning. he wasn't. (i think i've birthed a superhero)
the point i'm trying to make in a very non well written or thought out way is this- i could say things to blake about something hurting (because it should), or something making him throw up (because it might), or things of that nature- but then i feel like i'm putting "negative" thoughts into his head that otherwise wouldn't be there.
right now, blake thinks he can do anything. and why shouldn't he? there's no reason for him to think that he "can't" run for 3 hours at practice and still feel fine. there's no reason for him to not believe in himself. kids are awesome that way. they never think there is something they can't do, until someone puts it in their head that they can't. or gives them the idea that they "shouldn't" be able to do it. so i'm going to be very aware of how i ask him things. instead of asking if he's sore, i'm just going to ask how he's feeling. instead of asking if practice was hard, i'm just going to ask how it was.
we grow up thinking we can't do so many things because we shouldn't be able to- without even trying. and i don't want blake to think that way. i want him to learn for himself through trying. i don't want him to limit himself because of the fears of the adults around him. because of the words people say without thinking of the impact it has. blake believes in himself and i believe in him.