Today I want to tell you about someone very special. Probably the bravest person I know. If you were to look at the definition of bravery in the dictionary, then you would find a photo of that person.
I will tell you a story that will put things in perspective and that will show you that we are all capable of a lot more than we give ourselves credit for.
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I had basketball today with the kids and during the basketball session, I got a lesson and a demonstration of what grit and courage means because, there's this kid that I train who has cerebral palsy. So basically every movement is very painful. I was told that he is in constant pain. But this kid never complains. This is I mean, Jesus Christ, this kid is so brave.
So we tried a game that we had never done before. Right. So the game involved a lot of running and I don't know, I wasn't thinking straight. I don't know what I was thinking. We had to do a lot of running, which, you know, for him, you know, as I said, he's in constant pain, regardless if he says it or not.
And I saw courage. It's like every single day this kid will actually, you know, every time we train them, he will show me what courage is, because regardless what we're doing, he's actually going to try, you know, even if it hurts like hell, he's not going to say anything.
So here in this case, he ran so much that at some point he just collapsed on the floor. Basically you have to shoot. If you miss, you have to run to the wall, come back, shoot and stuff.
So even when you have your full health and stuff, it's complicated. But for him, it was very complicated. And I kept telling him, you know what, if you're tired, you can just stop, you know? But he kept going. And in the end, I mean, he just couldn't anymore. So he just collapsed. And I don't actually know how to act.
This is probably the bravest person I know
But I think he just wants to be considered as a normal kid and not having special treatment or something. And I'm trying to make sure I don't do it even though it's hard.
So I don't know if you guys have some advice on it. I mean, that's my understanding. My understanding is, dude, I don't want this disability to define me and just treat me as a normal kid. And if I can't do it, that will be my decision. That wouldn't be anybody else's decision. So that's the reason why when we do stuff, I don't tell them, oh, man, don't do it and stuff.
It's just a fabulous lesson of courage and grit and perseverance because, I mean, it's a really, really good kid, you know, and it breaks my heart, you know, that he is suffering but he's always laughing, he's always joking and stuff. And he loves coming to basketball.
What I will remember the most is how determined and how inspiring this young kid is. Because we make excuses for everything, man. This kid has all the hurdles in the world. And he's going for it, you know, he's going for it. And, you know, I like to encourage him because just the fact that he's there is very inspiring. But I want to make sure that he feels appreciated and he feels that he's not different from any other kid. So I want to treat him just like any other kid.
But in the future, I'll be more careful with these kind of exercises. Because that was like cardio stuff, you know. But anyway, just a beautiful lesson today.
I don't know what you guys think, you know, in terms of do you think that my stance on the whole thing of, you know, just, just let him decide if it's too much for him or not, you know, don't clip his wings and stuff.
So let me know what you guys think.