I was honored to receive a comment to my last post by Dr. David Friedman, known in these current middle ages as Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, KSCA, OP, OL. Receiving the comment, and responding, brought into better focus some of the reasons I started this blog, which I wanted to share.
I am a recovering underachiever. There; I've said it. Up until my 40s, I simply could not seem to get my act together. I was always the guy with "so much potential" who couldn't seem to prosper. There were always too many distractions, or I did not have enough self confidence, or some other lame excuse.
Somewhere along the line, I got past that failing, for the most part. I mean, I went back to undergrad and got a degree, attended law school, graduated and passed the bar. But I still sometimes would find myself sabotaging my own progress.
One area I feel that needs work is procrastination. I have conquered my tendency to put things off in my work life and, in fact, I'm very deadline oriented in the practice of law. In my personal life, not so much. I have in the last year found this to especially be a problem in getting my armor together to hit people with rattan swords.
I believe that this is because I get a picture of how things ought to be in my mind, but I know that as soon as I put cutter to leather, that thing will no longer be perfect. A silly concern, I know, as know one (except me) is expecting me to be perfect. But a nagging concern, nonetheless.
That is why I quoted Ms. Frizzle in my last post -- "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy." That is what I need to do in building my armor. And I sense that I may not be the only one with that problem! Perhaps some others can take heart from my experiences and do things they might not have attempted.
So, one purpose of this blog is to get me to take chances, make mistakes and get messy, and by example to help others do the same.
So stick around and see what OTHER mistakes I can make. It might be fun. At least, it should be educational.
I leave you with a quote from Thomas Edison, who failed many, many times in perfecting the incandescent light bulb: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
That is what I like to think I'm doing - finding all the ways that won't work! :)