Friday, March 31, 2017

Do What You Can't


I love the idea of a new phone. The other day Samsung released a new Galaxy so I tuned in to watch the show. At the end they played this video and I fell in love with the idea, do what you can't. It reminded me a lot of growth mindsets, positive attitudes and the Jar of Awesome.

Now that I have watched it a billion times, and currently listening to Rocket Man, I started to think about something I did recently, something I never thought I could do.

Back in February I was talking to Sarah Valter and she mention this idea of writing every day as a part of the Slice of Life, something the Two Writing Teachers did for the past ten years.

Writing something everyday that would be put online for people to read? No way, not in a million years. My writing skills are not publishable online and I was pretty sure that I had nothing to share. 

I put all the self doubt and fear aside and just jumped right in thanks to Sarah. One post every day for the whole month. I just wrote. I didn't really edit, just ideas on the digital paper.

Then I get this email. I was pretty terrified because I didn't think my writing was any good. Melanie is a co-author of the blog. 

This showed up on the Two Writing Teachers website as part of the Slice of Life.

I was tempted to go back to that post and edit it, change it up a bit and write more. In the end I didn't, it was my raw thoughts at the time. 

What does all this mean? How does it connect back to the video of the bird that can't fly but does?

#1 Surround yourself with great people. Without Sarah's encouragement I never would have attempted this challenge. While I don't think I am very good at expressing myself when I write I am trying. If you want to get better you gotta try.

#2 Just start doing. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will criticize from the sidelines but it is harder to hear them though the clacking of my keyboard.

#3 Now I need to find someone to join us as we Slice our way though to the next challenge. Together we can fly like the bird in the video.

I didn't link my Slice anywhere on this post. I'm sure you can find it in like five seconds of Googling if you want to read it. If you do let me know what you think.

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