I was a dancer growing up, so my freshman year I tried out for my high school drill team. As my mom dropped me off and hugged me, she wished me luck and handed me two cards which I hurriedly shoved in my bag without a thought.
Flash forward three hours later -- I hugged my legs and cried in the back corner of the locker room as the tears of embarrassment and disappointment I’d fought back leaving the gymnasium stung my cheeks. Dance was my passion! I worked for and wanted this SO much, and I hadn’t even made it past the first cut.😔😞 Not wanting to call my mom, I remembered her cards and fished them out of my bag. One envelope read "You made it!" and the other "In case you don't" — naturally I tore open the "You made it!" card first. It read -- "You are amazing honey! You have worked SO hard, and I am SO proud of you. The year ahead holds amazing things for you and I can't wait to watch you blossom and grow. I am your biggest fan. Love, Mom." The pit in my stomach deepened. Reluctantly, I opened the "In case you didn't" envelope. Inside was the EXACT same card, with the exact same handwritten message.💛
Little did she know I would go on to audition for the dance company and cheer team that year and NOT make those either. Also run for student counsel and NOT make it. Then go on to NOT make FIVE more things over my three high school years. For my 15-17 year old self, it was heartbreaking. Looking back now? I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THOSE FAILURES. And for the beautiful lesson my mom taught her 15 year old daughter that day, that continues to empower me today. .
Your value is not lessened by another's inability to see it. WORK HARD. Unashamedly put yourself out there and hold your head high when things don’t go as planned. Chase your dreams. BE PROUD of yourself and who you are!! This life holds amazing things for you. No matter how many setbacks or "failures" you face, NEVER. GIVE. UP. 🖤 .
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