More times than not, he’s absolutely correct, so we end up ‘trying’. Whether it’s flapping our arms to see if we can fly or reading the macaroni and cheese on the lunch plate, we usually give it a try.
We have found that this offers my son dual lessons. First, it reinforces his already set belief that we can try anything. Second, it also teaches him that we can’t, in fact, do everything we set out to do. One of the reasons my son is so awesome, is because he doesn’t get too discouraged when his thoughts of dairy-infused literary magic doesn’t pan out. Instead, he then looked up at me and said, “we don’t read mac and cheese, Dada, we eat mac and cheese.” His logic is infallible.
So, that’s all well and good, right? A 3-year old learns that he can’t do everything and that mac and cheese is still delicious. What does that have to do with us? The answer is…Everything.
At what point in our lives do we stop trying. The fear of failure sweeps the American society and we become inactive, thus unproductive, members of society. That’s an extreme illustration, but you get my point. Individually, there are things we have not tried to do because we are either afraid of failing or believe that we can’t accomplish whatever it is.
As always, there are things that cannot be done, we know that. But if there is a chance that it can, then what’s the hurt in trying? As a throwback to the last post, it’s not failure that’s the crime, but holding our sights too low.
So, get out there, try something new, you may be surprised. In the meantime, I’m going to grab the latest issue of The Daily Pasta and see if they offer flying lessons.