Oh, To Have the Tenacity of a Toddler

by Ginger on April 26, 2011

in Becoming Myself, Oh Baby!

Frustrated toddler trying to slide(focused)

Oh, to have the tenacity of a toddler.

To be able to face your obstacles over and over until you conquer them. Sure, there may be a tantrum in there, from frustration or exhaustion. But then you realize–hey, I still haven’t done that THING yet, and that’s WAY more important than screaming here. And so you pick yourself up and try again.

It may take more than once, more than twice, heck it may take 50 times. But toddlers will find a way. Eventually.

When do we lose that? When do we lose that tenacity? That lack of fear that we don’t know how to do something? When do we lose that desire to ALWAYS grab that brass ring? For simple things, for difficult things, for…everything.

I watch Jackson sometimes and he gives me the feeling that not only can HE do anything, but so can I. It must be that whole seeing the world through your child’s eyes thing. But I watch him figure out how to work his body and the world around him and I think–if he can figure that out with no years of knowledge to call on, then surely I can take that lesson from him. He makes me want to try more. In simple things, in difficult things, in big and in little things.

Oh, to have the tenacity of a toddler.

Cloud April 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I love this post.

I don’t know when we lose it, but you are right- we should try to get it back.

emily @ the happy home April 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

i wonder if i’ll get a renewed sense of “live is awesome!” if/when kids are in the picture. i’m sort of in a funk at 25, wondering if the career path i’ve chosen is even worth it– the idea of a two year old having that kind of crisis is laughable, so why is it appropriate for adults? love this post!

Jen April 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Great post!

I’d like just a small percentage of my son’s tenacity. To be told “no” over and over again must be frustrating when you don’t understand the reasons why — when sometimes the reason why is simply “because I said so” — and yet when he really wants something, wants to do something, he figures out how to get it, and do it. Gotta admire that, even if that means he’s helping himself to snacks in the fridge or digging in the trash.

Ginger April 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Yeah, I kind of wish my kid wasn’t *quite* as tenacious with digging in the trash. lol.
But yeah, how they just keep going over and over and over? That’s pretty awesome.

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