As an introvert and someone who has struggled with “shyness” for a good chunk of my life, I can’t tell you how proud I am of all of our kids.
Our kids are naturally timid and shy. At times, it’s difficult to see since it brings up memories of my personal struggles and confidence – particularly as I immigrated to this country at age 6 only equipped with three English words: Hello, Bye, and Thank-You (or “Sank you”). I was even voted the “shyest person” in 6th grade.
But, I suppose this is all part of the process of “finding” oneself and maturation. While our kids are still young (13, 10, and 8), it’s been beautiful to see them emerge in courage and confidence.
I’m especially thankful that as they wrestle with identity and personality, they are finding the courage to:
- Speak up and voice their opinions
- Pursue their passions
- Try new things and adventures
Speaking of trying new things, our son, Jedi – our youngest child – came home recently to share that he had decided to run for School Council.
And with that, he launched “his campaign” by making his poster and prepared this speech below:
” I am running for a student council, because I’m in 3rd grade. I believe that 3rd grade is special because you are in the middle of elementary school.
My goal is to do new things in 3rd grade. So I am doing student council. And I want to help you with your needs. And I know you and me will change throughout the year. That is why you should vote for me.
And “May the force be with you!'”
And…he won. Got the most votes in his class but who’s counting. 😉
- Am I happy that he won? Of course.
- Is he happy that he won? Of course.
But honestly, it’s not about the “victory.” It’s the fact that he wanted to try and went for it.
We all need that kind of courage.