Three weeks ago, the beautiful and talented Sarah Kay sent out a Facebook post with a link to the TED blog, saying something along the lines of, “TED@NYC is looking for poets and artists and creative inspirational people, so you should all go ahead and apply!”. I clicked on the link and went to the blog, read the requirements, and realized Hey! I fulfill all of these! Why not send in a video?
So I did.
It seemed pretty ordinary to me, but my brother thought it was basically the coolest thing ever. I reminded him that the chances of me getting in were pretty slim.
When he asked me if he could tell his friends, I asked why? I will probably never stand on that stage, never deliver my speech, and never make it onto the famed TED Website.
To which he replied, “It’s okay, it’s awesome that you even tried.”
How often do we try?
How often do we aim for something truly unlikely, just because?
How often do we take the risk of failing just to smile and shrug our shoulders and say, it’s okay, it’s awesome that I tried.
I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know what kind of storm you’re facing. But the worst thing you can do is refuse to try. The people who earn respect for themselves are the ones who pick themselves up, dust the crap off their jeans and keep trudging forward. Those are the people who learn to smile when they see themselves in the mirror.
And maybe I’ll risk sounding like a broken record with this one, but champ, keep on keeping on. Don’t stop trying. Don’t throw in the towel. Try something you’re sure to fail at, just so you can smile and say hey, I tried.
That alone makes you awesome.