My 7-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son often get into a debate over the concept that “nothing’s impossible.” Coco thinks if you believe it’s possible, then it is. Her older brother Birdie thinks otherwise. Coco will stand her ground without budging. She believes deep inside her bones that if she can imagine it happening, then it absolutely will happen, she just can’t give up trying.
There was a day when Birdie thought the same way.
Somewhere, in the process of growing up, he lost some of this childlike faith in the “impossible.”
I am stuck somewhere in the middle. I admire Coco’s drive and determination. Her faith in herself to make things happen is strong. She has the capacity to imagine a world for herself where there are no limits. I also understand where Birdie is coming from…he has enough years under his belt to see some disappointment. He’s become more realistic. But this also brings a little sadness to my soul.
So what’s a mama to do?
I want to encourage Coco. In fact, I want to feel the same way she does. That I CAN do it if I set my mind to it. But I doubt. And with my own doubt, comes an inclination to tell Coco that maybe not EVERYTHING is possible.
But I don’t. I keep my doubts to myself and hope she doesn’t ever stop believing in herself. Ever.
Mamas? I could use your opinions…
Thanks for stopping by,
~Arlee, Small Potatoes