Everyone—no matter how old they are—NEEDS a cheerleader, someone who will keep them going, when it seems almost impossible to keep on.
Years ago, I had a friend tell me that her kindergarten son came home after the school’s theatrical play auditions and said, “Mom, I got the part to sit in the crowd and cheer!” I initially thought that his teacher had a really clever way of telling this kindergartener that he didn’t get a part in the play. But, now I understand this teacher was smarter than I originally gave her credit for. She gave this kindergartner one of the most important roles at that play.
Last weekend, I witnessed the best example of the power of this that I have seen in decades.
I was at a high-school cross-country field time trial where I witnessed a 10th grade boy stand at the top of a tough hill and personally give each of the 75 girls on his cross-country team a high-five saying, “You’ve got this!” What I then witnessed, 45 minutes later, will stick with me for the rest of my life.
When it was this same boy’s turn to do the time trial, he came into the finish line dead last of the 80+ high school boys. BUT, I watched all 75 of those girls and their supporters make a point to stand at that finish line cheering this boy all the way to the end.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of being someone else’s biggest cheerleader. The power of them returning the favor back to you may be immeasurable!