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A few updates

Sorry for the lack of posts.  I have been very busy with mostly mundane tasks that do not seem worth writing about.  Other than that, hockey season has been in full swing.

The following will be kind of personal in nature.  Feel free to skip to the end.

I cannot say enough good things about youth sports and hockey in particular for the development of kids these days.  When I was growing up, we had the great out doors and that was pretty much it.  Nowadays, there are constant distractions with video games, youtube videos, social media and whatnot.  Getting my son interesting in athletics early on has made a big difference.  There are the obvious physical development advantages; speed, endurance, balance, hand/eye coordination, strength, etc. 

Taking the shot

Taking the shot

But there is something more important than that. My son is a fairly gentle soul. He tends to look out for others and put himself last. People have commended him on this, but it worries me. There are some people in this world who will see his good nature and compassion as weakness. Being exposed to aggressive personalities has taught him that not everyone thinks the same way he does. Learning to deal with aggression; both other people’s and his own has been a very valuable life lesson.

Learning to take the shot and risk failure is another big one. Nobody wants to make a mistake, that is true. However, being risk adverse often closes the door on opportunities which only come around once in a while. Learning when to take a calculated risk (calculated for the best chance of success) is another life lesson. As The Great One said:

“You miss 100% of the shots that you do not take”

Facing adversity and dealing with setbacks builds character. Too often, parents do not let their children face any difficulties. These are the helicopters you see hovering around in the background to make sure that everything goes exactly as it is supposed to. Life is not like that. Learning to deal with adversity is key to becoming a resilient human being instead of an emotionally fragile person that folds like a cheap suit at the first sign of trouble.

Finally, having a passion about something adds depth to a person. There are many young people today who seem to care about nothing. They are devoid of any unique personality characteristics. They spout the latest fad issue as seen on social media without understanding. Having character and confidence is rare and refreshing.

So, that is what has been going on.

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