I can’t even remember where I saw this saying, except it was somewhere down a rabbit hole on the internet.
But it really stuck with me. And it fits along with trying to not be so hard on myself. Like not everything I try the first time is going to be a success. Or even the second time. That’s ok.
Failure is a part of the process. I know I have talked about that too before, but it is a lesson I will forever need to learn and re-learn.
Because I am still pretty hard on myself. Like when I run out of time to get a project finished. Or when I work on a project, and it doesn’t turn out well.
I feel like a failure. Even when I know I shouldn’t, I do. And then I don’t want to fail again, so…
Yeah. You can see where this is going. I beat myself up for not finishing things quicker. I get scared to try other things.
I worry. I worry. I worry.
So I like this mantra because it tells you to get out of your head. Don’t listen to that voice of self-doubt, and do the thing you’ve been wanting to do.
Like pom poms.
I’ve been all about pom poms for a while now. I know I’m not alone here.
I have two different sets of pom pom curtains in my house. I bought this little pom pom bag charm from Jefa Moda Mexicana at a Girl Creative event. Not to mention all the pom pom earrings I keep wanting to buy and then not buying. (I am pretty into smaller earrings now that my hair is super short. But still…)
So I finally bought myself a pom pom maker a couple of weeks ago. You can create pom poms without a maker, but it is supposed to be a lot easier if you have one. (Full disclosure: Making pom poms is not hard at all, but if you can make it easier on yourself, you should.)
The other night, I decided to try to make my first pom pom.
Admittedly, the instructions weren't great. But there was a YouTube video that showed not my exact pom pom maker, but one pretty close.
As I was watching it, I was thinking this is one of the most soothing videos I’ve ever listened to/watched. Haha.
When I was struggling to free my pom pom, I worried I would ruin it. (And maybe you’re thinking what kind of person gets worried about ruining a pom pom? This girl right here. That’s who.)
After I freed it and trimmed it up (I think this is where practice helps), I had a medium-sized purple pom pom. It’s not the worst pom pom ever. Nor is it the best pom pom ever.
But I had tried something new, and I had this pom pom to show for it.
What a tiny thing.
But then not-so tiny either. I had done more and worried less.
So what tiny or not-so tiny thing have you been afraid to try? Why not just try it? Who cares if you fail? You can always try again. Or try something new.
I promise you that worrying less and doing more feels a heck of a lot better than doing nothing.