Author: Jared Styan
Illustrator: Albina Rayma
This episode is based on true events.
Dedicated to Billy and Helen for their constant support and belief in even Jared’s wildest of adventures.
Wow, I like that story. My thanks goes out to the author Jared Styan for letting me read his book on this podcast.
Now I’m wondering, have you ever found yourself in a seemingly impossible situation? Maybe, doing a task that you thought would be easy and you were excited to do at first, but after doing for a little while you realized just how big the task actually is? Sort of like cleaning our rooms. Well, that’s what boy did in the story! He really underestimated how big that volcano was! But, it’s at that moment, when we look stop looking at what’s left to do, and look at how far we’ve come in the rask that we realize what we’re made of.
When you get overwhelmed with something, that’s when you should look back at how far you’ve come. It may inspire you to keep going and try harder. A lot of times, if you are determined to do something, the strength to succeed comes from within you. You are your best cheerleader, you can motivate yourself, and that confidence is something you can learn to have by looking back at other hard tasks you’ve done.
Believe in yourself and your abilities, even when others doubt you. The opinions of other people don’t really matter that much – your opinion of oyurself is what matters. And even if you fail to achieve your goal, the goal isn’t what’s important, that doesn’t define how valuable you are. It’s the fact that you gave it your all that’s important. That’s something to be proud of.
Now if you didn’t have a copy of Jared’s book to follow along with, I’ll put a link to it in the episode description, or you can visit storytimewithdad.com to get that link. Now, don’t be a stranger if there’s a story you’d like for me to read on the podcast. I’d be thrilled to hear your request – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help.
Thanks again Jared for letting me read your story, it’s cool to know that it was inspired by your own life, and that you’ve raised money for charity by being brave. I’m proud of you and the other kids and adults who are inspired to be courageous and follow in your footsteps.
Thanks for listening, and I’ll see you again next time.
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