Tonight I went to watch Arcaro Boxing’s recent intern, Elsa give her project presentation at school. It is very bittersweet because I felt like I just got a chance to really meet her as she is becoming an independent adult and she is already on her way and off to college soon.
She gave a great presentation–looked confident, spoke clearly and from the heart.
I’ve known Elsa for about 9-10 years. I have many emotions going through me thinking about all the years that have passed and all the interactions that I have had with her whole family. They are very special to me and have really allowed me to be part of their lives as a coach. I have certainly grown from my interactions with them and feel honored that they too have been impacted by me.
I was so nervous to have Elsa intern for me because I’ve never done this type of mentoring before and I didn’t want to fail. I wanted her parents to think highly of me and also have Elsa learn something meaningful. So, I did what I always do…….first recognize I’m scared, tell anyone who would listen that I was scared, listen to people’s advice, then take the big leap. It was a good plan, because Elsa did the same thing in her own way, with her own style and we ended up learning a lot from each other as we took our own paths.
Elsa is a quiet, confident, charismatic force and a natural leader with a completely different style than I have. I admire her approach to life. She trusted me enough to know that she could be comfortable getting pushed into uncomfortable areas and for that I am extremely thankful.
Elsa! You did a fantastic job, brought a lot of new energy to the gym, helped me find new motivations and I already miss you!