Have you ever been afraid at the start of something? Beginnings can be scary. Images of trailheads and baby steps and first days of school come to mind. Sometimes each day can feel like a new something. There are so many things that can go wrong . . . and yet so many things that can go right!
When I started SparkerLit, I did it with the love of kids in mind. The kid in me and the kid in you and all the little wonders wandering around us. But I feared I’d fail. When I was a Sparker (as my grandpa used to call me), I never worried about failing at being creative—I just worried about failing tests. It’s when I grew up that the idea of failure became big.
But courage is bigger.
Years ago at Christmastime, when I worked an office job, I was gifted a paperweight that said “what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” In my home office now it sits on my desk and I read it every day, but secretly remove the word “not” when I say it to myself.
”What would you do if you COULD fail?”
Do that something anyway.
Say hello to a stranger. Do a headstand. Write your book. Draw your mom.
You got this.