Last week I had to present my speech for my son’s sporting club. I have been involved in my sons sporting club for 10 years and have been president for the past 5 years. For the most part it’s been very rewarding, I love giving back to my community and helping kids play sport. However, the past couple of years have been tough especially personally. Children’s sport and all the politics is out of control and has become too much. So, I’ve decided no more, it’s time to shift my focus and help somewhere else.
Writing and presenting the speech was so difficult. Firstly, making speeches is one of my biggest fears, I get ridiculously nervous speaking in front of people. Secondly, I also couldn’t pretend it’s all been wonderful, because that is not the truth. I knew I needed to speak the truth without sounding too negative or upset anyone. I have always told my boys to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. I needed my speech to reflect this and deliver it from my heart. After a lot of editing and some tears I had managed to write the speech.
I can, I will. This is what I kept saying to myself before making my speech along with some deep breathing exercises. I had a little tear but managed to compose myself and get through the speech, I felt courageous and confident. I had fear, but I chose courage, my truth and what I believe in. I had several people come up to me after saying what a great honest heartfelt speech it was. The best part my boys said mum we are so proud and inspired by you. You are the best mum. Ok, so this is where I cried.
I feel a sense of relief now that it’s all done, I do use up a lot of my energy when I’m in a situation that is way out of my comfort zone. My energy is back and upon reflecting I feel confident and excited that I can talk in front of a large group of people, speak my truth and be ME! So just maybe I can bring my ideas of workshops up a few spots on my ever-expanding list of ideas.
So often we can forget just how strong we truly are. When faced with life's many challenges big or small our true strength, courageous and light truly shines. Always remember you have everything you need within you.
You can and you will.