My girls’ swim team season is over. Now we only have a month of summer left, as they start back to school August 1! Both girls have taught me so much through their swimming, and I am beyond proud of their efforts.
Lauren is my determined child. Nothing is going to stand in her way, if she has anything to say about it. She improved each week, yet was still disappointed with her placement many times. She wants to be Olympic-worthy in her first season. This past week, she competed in her first Individual Medley. That little girl swam 4 laps straight. You could see how tired she was in that last lap, but she was not about to give up. I wanted to cry as I pulled her out of the pool. (I think us moms are allowed that in our proud moments, but I held back!)
Kaitlyn on the other hand is the complete opposite of her sister. Race? What race? She would just leisurely swim (or whatever you want to call it) through the water. This is all for fun! It drove Lauren crazy in this last meet that her younger sister was in both of her relays. She knew they wouldn’t win with her! Kaitlyn would know we were proud of her and just nod when I told her. She has such confidence! Sometimes after a race she would say, “Do you think I got fifth place?” She got a blue first place ribbon once (when racing by herself), and that was all she needed.
I feel like my children are extremes of who I want to be. If I could just harness their strengths, life would be good. I want the drive and determination of Lauren with the fun confidence that Kaitlyn has. Life isn’t always about competition or having a good time, so we need to be prepared for both. I don’t want to be one sided but want a mix of heavy and light. It is all about balance, and if my girls were on a see-saw together, they would be even. That is, if they can not think of something to fight about.
If we can know when to push and work and strive or when to let go and enjoy the ride, I think our days would be more manageable. As it says in Ecclesiastes 3, “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” There truly is a time to keep going and doing our best, while other times call for rest. Let’s work on knowing the difference. In the meantime, just keep swimming!
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