Having disappeared for a week, I’ll make my return by talking about why it’s important to give yourself permission to be mediocre.
I was thinking about this last week when I was brushing my teeth before work. I’ve been frustrated a lot during my student teaching, because it’s been a long time since I’ve struggled at something, since I’ve been bad at something. And I really, really hate being bad at things.
Which made me think of writing. I mean, I go back through my draft, and cringe, because it’s really, really bad. I mean, what was I even thinking?
But then I’m going through my draft, and I know how to fix things, to make them better. And I wouldn’t even know how to fix those things if I didn’t even have the horrendous draft in front of me, right?
So, even though it’s completely painful, you have to give yourself permission to be bad at things. Because being bad at something – writing, teaching, whatever other things you’re trying to do – is just the first step to being good at things, to being great at things. Because being bad at something, means at least you’ve made the decision to try, which is the only way to get anywhere in the first place.