Strive To Suck

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.


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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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9 Responses to Strive To Suck

  1. Ally says:

    Awww! I’m so glad this resonated with you. ALSO: it is true.

    Just had a wonderful two-day workshop with the lovely and talented New York bellydancer Ranya Renee. She’s my personal idol, so there was all kinds of awkward fangirl moments. Anyhoo, we actually spent like 20 minutes on an exercise called “Embrace the Mistake” and she had this little bit of wisdom:

    You must SUCK, before you can sucCEED!

    Nice, right? Don’t say it out loud in mixed company though because it comes out a little dirty. Just me? OK then.

    Let us know how it went tonight, lady!

  2. Nicole says:

    I love Ally’s comment! That is great advice. We should all remember it!

  3. Yep, I suck at a lot of things, but I never stop trying, unless of course I can get my husband to do it, lol.

  4. At least if you’re about to have your ass handed to you on a platter, your ass is looking good based on the past posts I’ve read. :)

    Have fun tonight and enjoy the suckage! (I know – not really a word but you know….)

  5. Dianne - Smilenwaven says:

    This is SOOO true! Probably the main reason we don’t try new things later in life – we don’t want to suck!

  6. “Let today be the day you strive to suck.” <—– I LOVE THIS!!!

  7. Angela says:

    I needed to read this today. As a “just trying to get in shape and joined a gym for the first time in over 10 years” person I want to try a cycling class but have been too afraid of my ‘athletic’ abilities to attempt it in a group setting with OTHER ‘better’ PEOPLE. You and Ally have convinced me to try. #ithink

  8. Kat says:

    Oh good! Because I suck at all kinds of things and while I may remind my kids to just keep trying sometimes I forget to do it myself.
    Have fun tonight, sore legs and all.

  9. Steve Kubien says:

    I cannot tell you to go forth and suck it because I’m a boy and I will get in all kinds of trouble. I would counsel you to have fun instead. I think I can get away with that.

    Let me also say how much it pleases me everytime I get notified that you’ve added a new post. You make me smile.

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