My daughter was prime age to enjoy the world of Hannah Montana. Miley Cyrus was pretty precious when she was a childhood star. I even enjoyed the episodes and it taught some great life lessons. Miley’s last big hit as Hannah Montana was Hannah Montana The Movie, where she was all grown up and was moving on to bigger and better things. Miley was trying to make the huge decision if she should reveal her hidden identity and expose the fact that Hannah Montana was really Miley or keep Hannah Montana hidden.
On the way home from school the other day, my daughter, who hasn’t watched this show in years, spoke very wise words to me, and it really got me thinking. She said, “Mom, you know Miley Cyrus’ song, “The Climb”? That is what I feel like I am going through, trying to reach all my gymnastics goals. I looked into her beautiful blue eyes that she inherited from her father, and I melted right there and then. This 12 year old has taught me so much in her short time on earth and is wise beyond her years.
We both started reminiscing about the song and started to sing the first verse, “I can almost see it. That dream I’m dreaming, but there’s a voice inside my head saying, “You’ll never reach it.” Every step I’m takin’, every move I make feels lost with no direction, my faith is shakin’. But I, I gotta keep tryin’ gotta keep my head held high. There’s always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna wanna make it move. Always gonna be an uphill battle sometimes I’m gonna have to lose. Ain’t about how fast I get there ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side, it’s the climb.”
I could see how she was relating these words to her dreams on her gymnastics goals, and I am there to help her in any way I can to help her reach these goals. I am loving what the sport is teaching her about life, because there is always going to be another mountain that you want to make move. Life is always an uphill battle and we can’t win them all, but that is what makes life so incredible…the climb.
As I reflected on our conversation that day, and thought about how this song also applies to spirituality. Everyone’s dream is making it to heaven, but then your faith gets shaken by something that happens in your life to make you doubt your beliefs, and you will have that voice inside your head feeding you doubt about all that you’ve learned about spirituality. You just get over one hurdle that you thought was going to tear apart your world, and life seems to be going great, and then BAM! You are slapped with another battle that you now have to try and overcome. It really is nonstop. Just like Miley Cyrus explains in her beloved lyrics about this song.
I love all the verses in Proverbs! There is an incredible amount of wisdom squished into one book in the Bible. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” I know that I don’t have all the answers, but raising my children has been a rewarding journey. I can’t save them from hurt or disappointment, nor should I, because this is how they grow and learn. The same with adults and our spirituality. We have to get hurt to learn, and as long as love and wisdom are the bases of our family’s mission statement, my children should turn out OK. As long as love and wisdom is the bases of your spirituality, you should be OK too.
The second verse of “The Climb” continues, “The struggles I’m facing, the chances I’m taking, sometimes might knock me down, but no, I’m not breaking. I may not know it, but these are the moments that I’m gonna remember most, yeah just gotta keep goin’, and I, I gotta be strong just keep pushing on.”
Miley Cyrus sung very true words, because this is exactly what we have to do! Keep pushing on. You may not realize it now, but you will look back in a few years and think that those trails you went through…the climb…were the days that shaped you into you. Just like my daughter is learning through her sport. There is heart aching disappointments when things don’t turn out the way we wanted, but in the end you will become a better gymnast, or person because of them. You just have to keep focusing on the future, and don’t dwell on the disappointments…it’s all about the climb!