Imagine you’ve decided to run a marathon.
You get to the starting line and you think to yourself, “I can’t run a marathon! I’m not ready for this!”
So you decide to stand there and wait until you’re ready.
Makes no sense, right? The starting line isn’t going to move further ahead just because you wait.
If you want to get in the race, you have to begin from the starting line.
The same is true of any endeavor. We have a tendency to think that if we wait, we’ll give ourselves time to learn more, read up more, train more, and then magically the starting line will move forward and we’ll avoid mistakes; we’ll get to our goals faster once we do begin. (Okay, technically in the case of a real marathon, training would be good, but this is an analogy here, so work with me.)
But the fact is, we learn by doing. What’s more, much to our dismay, we learn by making mistakes. We can’t avoid mistakes by waiting until we think we’re “ready” or we’ve “learned enough.” All we do is postpone them. The mistakes are part of the process, not something we can run around. They are the obstacles in the obstacle course. They are an inherent part of the race.
If we want to succeed at something, it’s best to start now and start making mistakes now so we can learn and grow and move forward.
So if you’re at the starting line, looking down that long path, start now. Don’t wait.
P.S. Did you know you can read my entire first YA sci-fi adventure book, free, online? And if you’re a parent or educator, or just someone who enjoys activities, check out the free, thought-provoking, skill-building activities at the end of every chapter! The Universes Inside the Lighthouse (and subsequent books in the series) was inspired by my love of books like A Wrinkle In Time or shows like Doctor Who. It’s my own exploration and answer to the deep and sometimes unanswerable questions: what else is out there? What if we could meet aliens from other planets? What if everything were possible? What’s more, through the power of truth-through-fiction, The Universes Inside the Lighthouse addresses issues of loneliness and compassion and gives parents and educators an opening to discuss these challenging but important issues. I love this series so much and I hope you will too! Start reading chapter one here! And feel free to spread the word!
Check out Pam’s books!
- The Universes Inside the Lighthouse—YA sci-fi adventure / first in the Balky Point Adventures
- The Wishing Rock series—women’s fiction / wit, wisdom, and recipes
- The Pam on the Map series—travelogues / wit and wanderlust