After I lose weight, I’ll learn how to dance. After I feel better about my weight, I’ll learn how to rap. After my kids are grown, I’ll learn how to play guitar. After. After. After. Why am I waiting till after…?
I’m short-changing myself, I know. I need to stop thinking that I have to wait for something else to happen before I can make something happen. Because I am wasting precious time in the waiting when I could be doing.
Why do I do that? Is it the procrastinator in me? I don’t think so. I think it’s the sneaky internal perfectionist in me. If I can’t look like a professional by day two, I don’t want to try dancing. If I can’t play like Eric Clapton, why am I bothering to build calluses? But that’s so unrealistic (and let’s face it…prideful!). I need to give myself permission to be crappy at things for a while because unless you’re a child prodigy, most of your efforts start out kind of crappy. And that’s okay. There’s a freedom in that.
I’m going to ignore that pesky little perfectionist inside, this month, and try something new. How about you? Wanna do something crappy with me?
This post is inspired by Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Fridays. The idea being that one prompt word is given on Friday and hundreds of bloggers take 5 minutes to write on the subject. No editing…no perfecting. Just five minutes of writing. (If you’re one of my blogging friends, why not join in?)