Pinterest is full of quotes about finding yourself and finding who you are and knowing your own path.
Quotes like “Some people get lost for so long they forget how to find themselves.”
And “Lose yourself in the things you love and it is there you will find who you are.”
And my favorite “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.”
Wonderful, sage, incredible, amazing advice. I know. I get it. I understand. There are days when I feel like I need to have some of these quotes written on my hand so I remember the importance of just being myself.
But this week I discovered that I really didn’t need Pinterest or quotes or wise advice from others.
I have a middle school daughter.
I am blessed to be the mom of twin daughters.
They are as different as daylight and dark.
And when they reached middle school, they both decided that they wanted to go all Robert Frost and have two paths diverging in a snowy wood.
One became a cheerleader.
And one took the path less traveled and decided she wanted to play basketball.
I say less traveled because she’s 4’10” and maybe 95 pounds soaking wet.
A tiny, blue-eyed, blonde-haired, never-really-played-basketball-before player going up against a world full of tall people.
At first it was tough.
I sat through practice after practice and my heart would ache. She would dribble down the court and go up for a lay-up and get stuffed. She would get boxed in the corner and see arms reaching high above her and be unable shoot the ball over them. She would take a shot from the outside and someone would block the ball.
It was Grand Canyon discouraging.
But as the season progressed, something happened that I never could have imagined.
Something I didn’t see coming.
That tiny 4’10” basketball player grew a spirit that was 7 feet tall.
She never gave up.
When they stuffed her, she rebounded and got the ball.
When they blocked her in a corner, she dribbled faster and went around them.
Through sheer determination and willpower and a heart the size of Texas….
….she made them sit up and take notice.
And so it was on the last day of school when they handed out the basketball awards they called her name.
And a round of thundering applause erupted from her classmates and teachers and coaches. With a giant grin on her face she came down from the stands and accepted her award….
….for most improved player.
So here’s another quote for Pinterest.
When faced with an almost-seemingly overwhelming challenge, remember the strength inside of you, find yourself….
….and always remember to dribble right. 🙂
PS I love you, boo.
PPS I was all about finding myself with summer decorating in the dining room. I hope you enjoyed the pictures, too. 🙂