My mom’s birthday is today (happy birthday, Mom!) and because of this, something has occurred to me: all through your lives we are told by others and tell ourselves that we’re too something. There’s always an excuse as to why you aren’t doing what you want to be doing. We’re always too young, or too old, or too short, or too stupid, or too ignorant, or too ordinary. But what we really are is too scared.
I mean, look at me. I’m fourteen and I wrote a novel that should be coming out (hopefully) sometime in May. What were you doing at fourteen? Now I’m not saying this to make you feel unaccomplished or like a failure; I only wrote the novel now because it was the right time for me. But I certainly didn’t let anyone tell me I was too young or ignorant. I wrote it and when the publishing company rejected me because of my age, I said, “Screw this, I’m doing it anyway,” and decided to self-publish instead.
My parents are in their late forties and decided to completely change their lifestyle, to move to the country and start a cattle ranch. At the time did my parents know anything about cattle? No! Was it a little late in a secure, well-paying career to jump ship to something with no guarantees? Maybe. But did they let that stop them? NO! They knew they could learn and they knew it would make them happy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once memorably stated that, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” You tell yourself you can’t do something because you’re afraid of doing said thing. Literally the only thing that ever stands in your way is yourself. There will always be obstacles, but you can’t let the hard stop you.
Another quote that I really like, by Les Brown is, “Shoot for the moon.
Even if you miss it you will land among the stars,” which basically means try your hardest and even if you don’t achieve what you had hoped, you have succeeded because you have tried.
I guess my point in saying all this is you are never too anything. If you want to sit on your couch and watch Disney movies all day at age sixty then so be it.
If you want to take up knitting when you turn six, then SO BE IT.
Never let anything dictate what you can or can’t do. You are your own boss and your own person. Therefore, DO YOUR OWN THING!!!
There’s always a way to find an excuse and, sure, it’s probably easier. But normally the only things worth doing are hard.
Happy Valentines Day (and birthday to my mom),
Julia E. Flowers
(PS–Update on Bandit: For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, Bandit licked open the stitches on his leg and had to get re-stapled, but, luckily, the ones on his back healed just fine and he got his stitches out yesterday! We go back to the vet on Friday to check his leg again; I’ll keep you posted.)
(PPS–Shoutout to my mom for always being there for me and supporting me through this crazy journey called life.)