This past Saturday was the 5k celebration all of the GOTR programs in the KC area have been training for. Besides running, the girls gained a lot of life lessons from the 10-week program. Here are a few of the things I’ll take away:
Everyone has a story.
Third, fourth and fifth graders ALWAYS have a story to tell. Sometimes it ties into what we’re discussing, but most of the time it does not. I’m reminded not to judge people by their exterior and that everyone has their own story of why they act the way they do. (This becomes especially apparent when meeting the girls’ parents!)
A kind smile and positivity make a world of a difference.
No matter what kind of day I had at work, I always left GOTR practice feeling happy, proud and refreshed. I hope that practice did the same for each of the girls and that they continue to empower one another.
Girls gotta stick together.
I distinctly remember one of the girls commenting that ‘boys are weird’. I told her that boys will always be weird and all of the coaches giggled. We live in a world where women are constantly trying to impress or please members of the opposite or same sex. It’s important that these young girls learn about empowerment, body image gratitude, compassion and optimism; which is why programs like Girls on the Run are vital. Think that 3rd graders aren’t pressured to be skinny or that they don’t worry about how they look? Think again. Surveys showed that it is in fact a concern of theirs and most girls don’t think they are thin enough. By stimulating conversations, we can inspire girls and build self-confidence.
I really enjoyed my first experience in coaching GOTR and have signed up to coach again this fall!