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“Be the fool who tries”.
Backstory: When I was very young, I was a pretty silly kid who loved Barbies far beyond its age appropriateness. Dramatic arts was my favorite class in school, and I even wrote, produced and starred in my own school play in 6th grade. I did many things that others would deem foolish. I dressed like Madonna for two years, had a meltdown backstage of Boy George’s concert. I even shaved the side of my head in a checkerboard style like Cyndi Lauper once (okay, that was a mistake).
So now you can gauge just how old I am by these choices, but the point is that I didn’t care what others thought.
I was a creative, expressive kid that just wanted to be who I was. But that didn’t last. Some of my biggest influencers when I was a kid (like my big sister) really squashed that part of me. She was super normal and did all the right things. I was super weird and wore crazy man clothes. She would always make fun of me, and eventually, I decided she was right. That I was foolish, so I stopped trying new things. I stopped exploring my curiosities.
I don’t hold this against my sister. We were young and that’s what siblings do. Mind you, to this day she will make fun of me for these very things. But lately, I’ve started to embrace that goofy side of myself again. I’ve started a new business venture, started working out differently and sharing more on social media and stopped caring as much about what others might think about it.
You know what? It’s been kinda liberating. I feel like that crazy kid again that likes to try things that I’m curious about, and it feels good!!!
So when I heard that sentence in this book it all made sense to me. Because if you’re not willing to be that fool who tries, then you’ll only ever be the one who never tries. The one who never moves out of her comfort zone. That’s too afraid to look silly in front of others, so she just never dips her toe in the possibility pond.
OMG, I never want to be that girl. I never want to be that woman who cares so much what others think of her that she’s never brave enough to become what she wants to be. I’d rather be that goofy man-clothes wearing fool with the shaved head and the full heart.
Be YOU, be foolish and try stuff and be okay with failure. Be willing to look a little silly. Because what you don’t realize is that others are indeed watching, but even the haters are just a little bit jealous that you’re trying what they’re too afraid to try themselves.
Be brave and try. It’s so fun once you get past the scary beginning.