One of my favorite stories from Wayne Gretzky is about hanging up the skates each April to play other sports. For months each year, he took a break from hockey to do baseball, lacrosse and track & field. He credits finding “enough” with making him one of the hockey greats.
As we wrap-up this blog series on enough, let’s think about enough for kids. We live in abundant times, where the choices seem endless and social media lets us see what everyone else is abundantly doing. That’s different from the environment when many of us were growing up.
Just last week, I decided to watch Top Gun-Maverick again with my daughters. My oldest daughter asked me if I went to see the original Top Gun in the theatres. I had to think for a second – we did. I explained to her that when Top Gun was originally released we didn’t have the Internet and so our world was much more about the influences and events that happened within our community. There were fewer things to do in the town I grew up in and we had a modest lifestyle. A movie “came to” the local theatre and we left home to go see it. Now, so much more is available to us and to our children.
But let’s think about what kids really need and how much is enough.
The messages changed quickly. Wellness, recruitment and retention shifted to layoffs, financial results, and investor decisions. Kind of makes your head spin.
As a business owner and Mom trying to get kids back to school, I was feeling the shift. Many of us are still feeling unsettled or maybe a little frustrated with all that's happened the last couple years. Totally understandable.
But take note, the business environment has shifted.
My husband Jerrad and I have been married since 2003. He works for Yellow as an IT professional. Our daughter, Lauryn (18), started college at the University of Arkansas this Fall where she is majoring in Exercise Science. Our son, Hayden (15), is a sophomore in high school. He enjoys playing baseball, lifting weights and hunting. I have always been a very involved mom…swim team president, dance team president, etc. I put aside my own hobbies so I could be all-in for my kiddos.