I almost hurt myself! Maybe I should ask for help.
Hey Tim, do you have any tips?
I would be happy to help!
Elliot is 16 years old and goes to Valley High School. This year he is joining the school’s cross-country team. He has never done the sport before, but he thought it looked fun so he decided to try it.
You did your best!!
He ends up having a hard time getting into it, but doesn’t want to show this weakness so he tries to get better all by himself. One day, while pushing himself, he tripped and almost hurt his ankle. This quickly led him to figure out that doing this alone maybe isn’t the best option.
You shouldn't have even tried.
He decides to do the courageous thing and ask the star runner on the team for some tips to help him get better. His teammate, Tim, ends up working with him the whole season to get ready for the championship. With the help of Tim, Elliot gets much better and he is so happy he opened himself up and asked for help.
I am proud I tried and I am good enough!
It is now the end of the season and it is time for the championship. He has worked so hard all year for this and feels very prepared. When he ends up having a pretty bad run, he gets pretty bummed about it. His parents come over to comfort him and remind him that he did the best he could do and that was enough.
A fan from the winning team approaches him later and makes a rude comment about how Elliot should not have even tried because then he wouldn’t have been hurt by doing so poorly. For a minute Elliot thinks about this and agrees with him. Then he remembers what his parents had said.
Elliot then responded wholeheartedly that he was glad he did it. He didn’t want to be the person on the sideline passing judgment, rather he wanted to be the person who showed up and made himself seen. Elliot knew now that he was good enough and that his vulnerability was an act of courage.