A heartfelt emphatically present, incrementally inspiring mom or dad or coach can liberate an ambitious child to take the world by the horns. As adults, we have to take responsibility for ourselves and nurture a healthy, liberated mind-set. We need to put ourselves out there, give it our all, and reap the lesson, win or lose. The fact of the matter is that there will be nothing learned from any challenge in which we don’t try our hardest. Growth comes at the point of resistance. We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities. -Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence (Highly recommended vacation reading)
And just like that…our vacation in Costa Rica is coming to a close as we wrap up our final day. Three weeks have gone by quickly, but the trip has served our purpose—providing a beautiful new and relaxing space for exploration and unwinding, and for making us realize how fortunate we are with our day-to-day lives back in Takoma Park, MD. We’ve also faced some difficult questions and sought answers to those questions. Most importantly, we are now ready to return home—refreshed and excited for what the remainder of summer will entail.