Sunday, April 07, 2013
In previous posts, I've talked about my involvement as academic adviser to my high school's varsity boys' basketball team. I just finished my seventh year working with the boys (another trip to state). These young men come to see me as a second mother (or in some cases, the only one). I love seeing them grow up, go to college, find their success.
Recently one of my former students who played in the Big 10 moved back to our city. He's working, doing well, loving his first apartment on his own. We were talking about our hopes for the next year and I said, "Get healthier." I told him how my goal was to exercise every day, even if it was only a 30 minute walk, be healthier. Now Wquinton (pronounced Quinton) said, "you just have to set your mind to it." I kind of rolled my eyes and said I'd been trying that for years. He laughed and said, "Look, I saw you, what, a hundred pounds ago? You are stubborn, a good stubborn. You get us to get everything done. Now do it to you." I said it's always been my struggle, that I wasn't athletic like him. Then he laughed, "Yeah, I'm athletic but I'm LAZY. You work hard at everything."
Now Wquinton isn't really lazy, just a 23 year old guy who likes to lay around and watch hoops. But I realized what he was saying...a kind of DUH moment. I do have an unbelievable work ethic. I'm stubborn (usually in a good way) and am so good at motivating others.
Time to turn that inward.
BTW, Wquinton is like a son for me. There are a couple of pics of him in my gallery.