One of the things I try to teach my kids is that it’s ok to make mistakes. As a child, I had a lot of anxiety about trying new things and taking risks, and I want so much for my children to be more self-assured.
So today when I saw this video of 5 year-old Gianna I knew it was something I’d want to share with my kids. In watching it, I realized that Gianna was teaching ME a lesson: that my own confidence is the most important model for my children as they develop their own sense of self.
Gianna was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency, a rare birth defect causing a severe malformation of her left leg. After having her leg amputated, Gianna was given a prosthetic leg and only 6 weeks following her surgery she took her first steps. Gianna’s story, though, is about so much more than a child learning to cope with a disability.
In the video Gianna can be seen swinging a golf club, playing on the monkey bars, and even ice skating. But that’s only part of the story: we also see that like any child, Gianna occasionally stumbles and falls. Gianna’s message is that it’s ok.
With a few words of encouragement from her parents, Gianna gets back up and tries again. This is such an inspiring video because reflecting on my own life, there are things I’m afraid of trying for fear of failure, and I don’t have some of the challenges that this sweet 5 year old faces daily.
It really puts my own fears into perspective.
I’d encourage you to share Gianna’s message with your family and friends. It’s a great reminder that despite the obstacles we face in life, what’s ultimately important is that we get back up and try again.