|Posted by maggie skerrett on May 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM|
It is not easy to strike out on your own, or to change behaviours, careers or lifestyles. There is the voice of doubt inside that asks “Who do you think you are?” and “What do you know?” There are also those on the outside who would silence you for daring mightily, so as not to be uncomfortable themselves. There are those who would rather tear down than build up, in order to mask their own embarrassment and shame. There are those that imagine the speaker must be perfect, as only then will the message be worthy.
However, there is no one better than you, and there is no better time than now. Do not be ashamed of shortcomings, failings or imperfection. You deserve your attempts, your mistakes and your successes, and everyone else deserves theirs, as well. Ignore the critic; attempt fully; fail miserably; be a bon vivant; practice joie de vivre; sing as loudly as you can.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”