I am funny about what I let my kids watch on TV. Nowadays, they are exposed to so much in even the PG rated TV programs that sometimes I just want to unplug all of the TV’s in the house.
With disconnecting the cable, it gave us a little more control over what is funneled in, but there are always still subtle influences that make me cringe, but you can’t protect them from everything I guess.
Sometimes, when I watch things, I get halfway through and think “man I wish my daughter was sitting here watching this too”, and in those cases I have to rewatch whatever it is because I NEED her to see it.
Anyhoo, a little over a week ago I was scrolling through my list of things I had saved to watch in my Netflix queue and I stumbled upon the Venus and Serena documentary.
I am not a tennis fan, I don’t follow the sport at all, but I am a Serena Williams fan.
Here recently with her winning the her sixth Wimbledon championship and becoming the oldest Grand Slam women’s champion of the Open era, her name has been all over the news.
Unfortunately, some want to take away the real reason for her shine and are plainly put “hating” on what I think is her BANGIN body, or whatever they can. What I wouldn’t pay to wake up tomorrow with all that…lol.
In the documentary, it walked us through Serena and her sister, Venus’, childhood and how they came to be the tennis greats that they are. you can check the trailer out here.
I was so impressed by the sacrifice, the hard work and support of not only them but their family as well.
In the film Serena mentioned how to team work between her parents, although were divorced as so essential.
I think of them as the Body and the Spine. Dad was the Body and mom the Spine and they both were essential and dependent on each other.
This is one of those times where I wish my daughter was near, and this documentary is definitely on my list of favorites now!
Like me, my daughter isn’t into tennis, at least she hasn’t expressed an interest that I know of, but I think it is important for her to see girls turned into women who chased after and are still achieving their goals.
The reality is there was something in this film for all of us, and here are five of those things:
Work towards them
In the opening scene of the film Venus and Serena were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up and without hesitation they said they wanted to be tennis players. They were in beads and ponytails and they have a goal they were working toward.
Confidence is Key
If you don’t believe in you, why would anyone else?
Venus was asked about how she thought an upcoming match was gonna go during and interview and she clearly and confidently stated she felt she had it. The interviewer [attempted to] question her confidence and that was when he father stepped in.
I loved everything about that moment. Her confidence; her fathers protection of it, was pure perfection.
Motivation Won’t Always Jump Out at You
Find it where you can
Serena said she actually stumbled into tennis because she didn’t want to be a statistic. Growing up in Compton during the 80’s and see all that was going on around her, she decided the best option to follow was that of her older sister.
Seems it all worked out for her. 🙂
Create a Bubble
And don’t let anyone bust it.
Their childhood was different than that of most kids. Venus admittedly stated that she didn’t get to go to parties and hand out with friends like other girls. Their father kept them really busy with tennis – practicing and preparing to be great at it.
As they grew older that practice remained as even when they traveled and would be in the different locker rooms they set themselves apart and maintained focus.
I’d be willing to bet this all played a large part of their success.
Challenges Will Happen
How you handle them determines the impact they have.
When Serena had a match at home that the entire audience boo’d her for what seemingly was a blatant demonstration of racism, she didn’t let that break her. She won that match, even int he face of adversity and even when she gave her winner’s remarks, she remained humble about it and expressed loved for the audience who apparently didn’t love her.
If I didn’t already like Serena, this certainly would have put her (them) on my list.
I plan to sit and rewatch the documentary with my daughter. I think their stories are so inspirational.
I strongly recommend that you watch this, with your daughter (if you have one), if you have not done so already. I further think that if you are one of the people hating on her and what she is doing, let’s see you do it, or even try!