Tenacity: the little ‘mountains’ kids have to climb

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Tenacity: the little ‘mountains’ kids have to climb

A video had been forwarded

many times over the social media.

I can’t help but to admire

the tenacity of this kid!

adorable baby blur chair
Tenacity; learning to stand up (Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com)

Look how he grips

the linen with his chubby hands!

See how his face presses onto

the soft cushion with tenacious determination!

Each time he pulls himself up

his foot grapples clingingly

onto his ‘huge opponent’, the mattress,

as if, in wrestling, with such strength of will,

a will bigger than himself

with persistent perseverance

that would put shame to some adults!

Little mountains kids have to climb

Ouch! He is falling!

Landing on his butts, head lifted up in reflex

and he picks himself up again!

Yes, he is halfway up on the bed now!

Oh, no, he is falling again!

On that long thick mattress

placed next to the sofa-bed!

He re-bounces, turns back immediately,

…with a fixity of purpose, that is, to climb up that bed!

And hurray! He is finally up and crawling on the bed!

Triumph flashes on his face!

Tenacity means never to have

words like ‘failure’ and ‘giving up’!

Many of our kids have been through

those little ‘huge’ challenges

those little ‘mountains’ kids have to climb;

rolling-over, learning to stand up,

walking that first step, crawling around.

Each of those are mountain-like tasks

matching those growing-up years.

They were just the beginnings.

The beginning in preparing them

and their mind-set for bigger goals in life!


  1. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. – Louis Pasteur

2. There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.”― Terry Pratchett

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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