Friday, June 24, 2011

for all the other kids

First of all, ah-dorable.
Second of all, I think this kid has it spot on. With a little confidence and the determination to practice, it's amazing what you can do. For most of us, riding a bike is easy, it's natural and not something we think about doing when we hop on and peddle away. But when you're learning something new, if it's riding a bike, baking a cake or an accounting equation, there may be some challenges along the way. I imagine the little guy in the video didn't pull his bike put of the garage for the first time and rock and roll down the sidewalk like a pro. I'm going to imagine that it took him a try or two to figure out how to do what he wanted to do. Even after falling down, I bet he got back up, got back on his bike and believed he could do it. He believed in himself. He believed that if he kept practicing, kept trying, kept on going, that maybe the next time he got on his bike would be the time that he could ride it. For such a little boy, it seems like he's got some of the lessons figured out that as adults we often forget. I know that when I'm struggling to see the light at the end of a tunnel, it's hard to give myself a pep talk. It's hard to believe that I can get to the end, figure it out or get back on my bike and ride down the street with my head held high. But you can bet that the next time I get all Debbie Downer on myself, I'll be thinking of this cutie. If he can learn to ride his bike, I can learn something new, too. If he can believe in himself, so can I. If he can practice until he gets it, then I will, too. If he knows I can do it, then I should, too.

As I've said before, the wisdom of children is often so simple but so true and the lessons we learn when we're little are lessons we shouldn't forget once we're big. So to everyone learning how to ride bike, believe in yourself.
And thumbs up for rock and roll.

Have you learned anything new lately? Any advice for someone who is?

21 comments:

PoetessWug said...

:-)) He was too cute!!!...And a good example of how important positive 'self-affirmation' is!! :-) You may not always be able to do everything you try...but your attitude going in should always be positive. Then, no matter how it comes out you'll still feel good about the accomplishment or the good effort!!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

That is the most adorable pep-talk I have ever seen or heard :-)

Words of wisdom about learning something new.... priorities. Decide how important the new thing is to you, how it will improve you or your life if you make it, what difference it will make if you don't. That's usually how I get myself motivated to hang tough and keep going!

la petite coquine said...

Sweet and inspiring-is there any better combination?

Alexa said...

Dude this kid is giving me some motivation.
xo
Alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh my gosh that boy, fabulous. I like how he's yelling so all the children of the world will hear him :)
I'm sending this to my 25 year old daughter who never really learned to ride a bike, she's done it maybe twice in her life, perhaps it will inspire her to try again.

Holly Knitlightly said...

My mom showed this to me the other day, how awesome is this kid?! I love it. And I love how easy it is to film your kids now-a-days. I mean, we have a bunch of old home videos and that but I love how you can just take a quick video on your PHONE. It makes documenting things so much easier.

This kid is totally inspiring. I need to listen to him.

Ana Degenaar said...

I'm a newbie here what a lovely blog you have!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love the video! That kid is seriously too cute!

Kristin said...

I wish I always picked myself right back up like that!

melanie said...

love your blog!

Krystal said...

that is the cutest, oh my gosh!!! he was just so excited!

Abbi said...

How cute! Will definitely have to keep this wee guy in mind next time I'm trying to learn something, I usually get far too impatient and give up :(

Great blog as well! :)

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Punctuation Mark said...

that boy was amazing!!!

Monique said...

for some reason i'm not picking up the video :( hopefully it will work later. I work with young children and love them. We can learn so much from the little guys.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh my gosh that is so cute!

Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} said...

Oh my gosh! Simply amazing!

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

I love rock and roll! =)

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Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Haha. I needed that pep talk!! :) Hmm, I recently learned how to make a mixed berry tart. It was very stressful, and didn't really turn out like I would have wanted...but I finally conquered a dessert I was a bit afraid of making. (which may not seem like I big deal, but I love experimenting in the kitchen...)

Jess said...

This is so cute! I only hope I can muster up the same encouragement for my own future kiddos!

Classy Career Girl said...

Oh my! He's so awesome and cute! So positive and full of spirit. He's a good inspiration whenever I feel impatient and giving up. Thumbs up to this rock and roll little guy!