This morning, my little girl ran the Park Run on her own, and I couldn't be more proud of her. Last night, she confidently announced her intentions to run independently, without making a big fuss. She simply stated she was ready for it and that we could wait for her at the finish line.
It didn't come as a surprise. Her victory in the school cross country race a few weeks ago had significantly boosted her confidence. That win was the result of hard work, dedication to training at Little Athletics, consistently participating in Park Runs, and giving her all on race day.
As I reflect on her achievements, I can't help but think about the difference between working hard and succeeding, versus receiving a school award for something one might not fully understand. I understand they are a form of encouragement but I'm not a fan of these generic school awards. They're too many, too frequent, and often celebrate mediocrity rather than encouraging real growth.