A friend sent me the link to this Theodora Goss post on Finding the Joy, and I was especially taken with–I loved–this idea of embracing failure. Embracing it.
I feel like this is something I’ve heard before–many times (fail better). But sometimes something hits you at just the right angle.
This used to happen in dance class. I could hear the same thing every day for years, and then one day it would click into place and I’d think, “Oh, I get it.” Then it would take a few more years for my body to get it.
Back to failure. Ms. Goss advises to do what you love, try new things, write the things you most want to write–and if you fail, embrace it. Relish it, I guess. (Learn from it, if possible, I’ll add.)
I think this can free me up. Now, instead of continuing to be bummed about my class getting canceled, I can keep writing in sequences and loving it (I’ve been doing that anyway). I’ll write out the ideas I have instead of being afraid they won’t work. And instead of feeling like my Sun Hunters blog is drifting on its own ice berg in one of the polar circles, I can just write it and enjoy the writing. When I think of something else, I’ll add that to the list.
Really, it gets down to sharing, and it’s hard to share if you’re afraid of failing. But not sharing could lead to a cold and miserly world. (This I call my Luxury of the Generous theory.)
What are you ready to try–and maybe fail at? And how do you embrace failure?