I am not the first one to post this quote from Kurt Vonnegut, and I will not be the last. But I love it so much I just had to share.
But first, some of you already know me from my Kindle Book Blog, Book Basset, and you know that a squirrel is a sure fire way to distract me. As you explore my blog Pollen Patch you will notice one huge thing about me… I am no professional. I am clumsy, I kill plants, and I am a bit chaotic. But I love to garden, make holiday decorations, and make our home as homey as possible. I find so many great ideas online, or one will pop in my head and I just have to try them out and see where it takes me. I share my favorites and hide the failures under the rug. HA!
For a long time I felt insecure about not being the best, or even good for that matter, at a lot of things. I thought I didn’t have the right to share the things I do try, or it was silly of me to even try them. Why on Earth would I publish them in a blog? After reading the following quote from author Kurt Vonnegut, I realized… Because It’s Fun, That’s Why!
“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of ‘getting to know you’ questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
“And he went wow. That’s amazing! And I said, ‘Oh no, but I’m not any good at any of them.’
“And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: ‘I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.’
“And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could ‘win’ at them.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Reading about Vonnegut’s conversation with the archeologist gave me a whole new perspective. I realized I don’t have to apologize to anyone for sharing things that I am not the best at. I try new things, I share it with you, and we all get a good laugh… and maybe some cool ideas. I hope you enjoy Pollen Patch, get a few ideas, and have a few laughs.
Because It’s Fun, That’s Why!