Don’t Give Up – ‘Try Everything’

My son came home today asking me to find a song they had played in assembly at school. My interest was piqued when he recited the words he could remember “I won’t give in until I reach the end.”

I typed those words into Google and it came up with ‘Try Everything’ by Shakira from the film Zootropolis. (Here’s the link to listen to the song) We listened and I became excited by the message in the song. These are the lyrics: 

I messed up tonight 

I lost another fight

I still mess up but I’ll just start again

I keep falling down 

I keep on hitting the ground 

I always get up now to see what’s next.

Birds don’t just fly they fall down and get up 

Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in

Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again

No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything

I wanna try even though I could fail

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in

Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again

No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything

I wanna try even though I could fail

Look at how far you’ve come, you filled your heart with love

Baby you’ve done enough that cut your breath

Don’t beat yourself up, don’t need to run so fast

Sometimes we come last, but we did our best

This is a message I am constantly trying to teach my kids. ‘Don’t give up, nobody is good at anything straight away, it takes practise.’ They see adults do things with ease and expect to be able to do it straight away. It’s hard to see them so upset and so unforgiving of themselves when they get something wrong.

It’s not just kids that feel this way, we all feel discouraged when things go wrong, whether that be a task we want to accomplish or life in general. As I teach my kids this principle I realise I need to apply it to my own life. We will reach our end goal if we persist and never give up!