Do you remember those days when your mom would say, “make sure you put your helmet on. You could get hurt on that bike.” Just as all your friends where standing around looking at you like, you nerd, you do not need a helmet. The fact was that they had been given the same lecture just before showing up at your house. After standing there scowling for a moment you say, “yes mom I will make sure I put my helmet on.”
After the five minute weird, awkward, battle between your mom and your friends you were out of there. Racing through the streets, over the curbs, through peoples lawns, right to the place where all the helmets were hidden, as if you had done this before! Did you ever think for a second about what your mom said? Probably not, you were to caught up in being cool and in the moment. Helmets were stupid and who wanted to be stupid? At least this is what you thought.
How do you feel about this today? You probably look back on these times and think my mom was just so smart, had I only listened to her. How did she become so smart? Maybe you are this mom telling your kids to make sure they put their helmet on.
Either way, you want to know how mom got so smart?
1. She fell on her head herself.
2. She saw someone else fall on their head.
3. She heard about someone falling on their head.
Mom didn’t just wake up one day and think I got to put my helmet on. Mom learned to put her helmet on with time and experience. Are you making sure to put your helmet on? Have you crashed on your head, have you seen someone else crash, or have you heard of someone crashing on their head? Whatever way you learn best doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you learn to make sure to put your helmet on.
Maybe you took a risk, maybe you wanted to be cool, whatever you have faced I think what is important is that mom did not learn this beautiful wisdom overnight.
Mark Twain says it best, ” a man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. “
Are there people in your life telling you to put your helmet on? Take a minute to ask that person some questions. You might be amazed by what you find out. If you are the stubborn one that says, “I want to be cool and learn on my own.” You have alot to learn and there is nothing wrong with that either. Just make sure you learn.
My friends and I were a little crazier than just street racing and tearing up peoples lawns. We built jumps with the bobcats and bull dozers, broke bones, and landed on our heads several times. These great times were what allowed us to gain the smarts to now tell people to make sure they put their helmets on.