Mar 04 2013

Failure Is Not Trying

If you’ve ever tried at your dream, and failed, you might understand what Lauren Silberman feels like today.

This weekend she became the first female kicker to try out for the NFL. Her first kick, she injured herself. When she tried a second time, she failed.

But, she tried.  I just want to go hug her, or bring her some flowers today Maybe with a card that has all kinds of cheesy sayings on it.  But instead, I’ll just write her this virtual letter:

Dear Lauren,

Today, I hope you are holding your head up high. Just because something that you wanted so badly didn’t turn out the way you hoped, doesn’t mean you should feel ashamed.

You tried.  You are courageous.  You are an inspiration.  Because you tried, you made the way for another to try.  You showed young girls that it is good to be athletic and sporty, and most of all to be it is good to be yourself.

Thank you from me and from my two daughters.

You may not have made the team, but in our book you’re a rock star!

You inspired more than just girls to be athletic.  You inspire all of to get over our fears.  That sometimes you have to accept failure, but never accept not trying.

- Amanda

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