Maybe this is more about life then sports but the topic comes from a piece by DudeMom for NFLEvolution. It’s about how she feels about letting her kids believe they will become pro athletes. You can read her full piece here. But basically she if fully aware of the slim chance that her kids will play professional sports but she is basically making sure they remain well rounded kids (keeping up those grades) and then letting them dream big!
I love that her kids have talked about how they will support her when they make it big. It reminds me first of how I dreamed as a child. I was going to marry a prince and live in a castle and I promised my dad he could live there with us. While my dreams shifted over the years I was still daring to dream in high school. I dreamed of a creatively focused career. And well meaning people who loved and cared for me, convinced me that I should play it safe. I went away to school with a major I wasn’t passionate about and after 3 colleges I never finished that degree. Of course there were other factors and maybe I wouldn’t have succeeded in what I dreamed of but since I’ve come back full circle to some of those same passions I believe somehow, SOMETHING would have been different.
That’s why when my young athlete talks of his MLB dreams (because well he’s at least somewhat of a realist and knows that as much as he does love football he will likely never be built like a NFL player) I don’t exclusively dash those hopes. I am a realist and we talk often about the chances of college sports and slimmer chances of pro sports but then we also talk a LOT about the endless career opportunities that surround sports besides those few men on the field! There is NO reason that he can’t be surrounded by what he truly loves while he works in one way or another. As he gets older we’ll explore those options more and more. But for now he’s too busy making the most of this season and that’s just the way I like it!