Whenever someone comments on my blog, it gets emailed to me. Sometimes I respond back in the comment section while other times I will email the person back. When I wrote about how my family apparently decided to not tell me how much I suck, I received a comment from Ally, a.k.a. @fergieacre, a.k.a. FergieAcre. I actually saved it because it is so brilliant and true.
Fundamentally, I think this is the reason most people don’t try new things as they get older. Because when you are new at something YOU SUCK AT IT. A LOT. And somewhere along the way as we all grew up that became unacceptable.
My two year old doesn’t give a crap that she can’t stand on her head, but she keeps trying. My six year old is getting a teensy bit more worried what others will think about her when she is dancing or whatever, but she still goes ahead and does it. And it’s freaking ADORABLE.
But somehow when we’re grown up we’re only supposed to do the stuff we’re instant world champions at? Nuh-uh. The only time I ever got told I was a natural at anything is by the eye doctor who was teaching me to put my contacts in. And as of now I don’t think sticking your finger in your eye is either an Olympic sport or a viable career choice so I guess I’ll just have to go on sucking at new stuff.
So let’s you and me and anyone else brave enough to step outside the box on this one keep on being sucky at it. Because we too are FREAKING ADORABLE.
Yours in suckage,
Let today be the day you try something new.
Let today be the day you don’t let self-consciousness get in your way.
Let today be the day you strive to suck.
Also, don’t stick your finger in your eye. It hurts.
Speaking of sucking, tonight’s the night Speed Skating Son comes to speed skate with me. I’m about to have my ass handed to me on a platter by my child. Which, really, is all kinds of awesome when you think about it.
P.S. My speed skating story that was published in Canadian Family magazine is now online.
P.P.S. If you missed it, my interview with Olympic speed skater Catriona Le May Doan is here.