If I were to venture a guess, I’d say that everyone of us has, at one time or another, tried something or somethings at which we sucked. Discouraging, right? How often have you tried the same activity or skill more than once and still sucked? Do you then give up and move on? Maybe we’ve even attempted more than one thing at which we were awful. I know for myself, I tend to avoid those things at which I suck. You, too?
Suppose there’s a sport, a musical endeavor,an artsy/craftsy project or anything that has always appealed to you. Maybe you wanted to really take on that activity. Then some insecurity or belief that you might fail and look foolish, stops you from trying. Let’s say that despite convincing yourself that it can’t be done, you still wish you could engage in that special dream.
Here’s the big idea. What if we threw caution (and ego) to the wind, and went for that one thing we have longed to be able to do? Maybe we take that chance and continue to suck. Who ever said we had to be perfect or excel at all our endeavors? Is it not possible to enjoy participating in an activity with an on-going sub par performance?
I’ll use myself as an example. I’ve been doing something regularly for the past few years. This activity is definitely not my forte. I keep doing it because it challenges me to get better. I know I will never be a Monet, a Hemingway, a Serena Williams and the like. I don’t have to be. I keep at it because it is fun and I am always learning something. Sucking at something and doing it anyway is just fine with me. Who knows? I just might improve along the way in spite of myself.
One final point – we can learn a lot from children. Kids are always trying new things. Sometimes they perform well; other times not so much. Still, they are ready to jump in at a moment’s notice without a thought of whether they can or can’t. When they like the game, they will keep playing regardless of their skill level. They definitely have the corner on being able to have a good time.
“If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good. Dr.” Seuss
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