Not So Harsh

Put two clevers together,
And you get,
Two boring clevers.

In the past two days I’ve been learning a lot about myself,  which may or may not be interesting to you, but it’s very interesting to me.  And so you get a lovely commentary on me. That sounds rather vain… Anyway here’s my thoughts.

I am my harshest judge.  And this is good and bad.  Let’s start with the good.
I know what I’m capable of, this makes me a pretty good judge of when something I write is good or bad.  This enables me to go back and edit my writing pretty well.  It also allows me to say yes this is good. This has lots of potential.  But there’s a bad side to this ability.  A hindrance. 

Let my judgement of myself stop me before I begin.  I will get an idea in my mind and immediately think “Oh no I can’t do that, it would turn out horrible.” Or “I don’t have the skill for that.”

That’s stupid.  Just because I don’t have the skill for something doesn’t mean I can’t try and learn and get better.  I wish I could draw but no I have zero artistic ability?  Well then I should try it, I should make steps to improve. Just because I can’t, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try.  And in the process of trying, I learn. And what could be better than that?

So yeah I guess that’s my motivational speech for myself.   I think I should carry this on into the next year and resolve to try new things, even if I know it will be rubbish the time round.

What about you?  Does anyone else find themselves doing this?


  1. This happens to me all the time, though usually not with writing. I often think of some other hobby I’d like to take up, then get discouraged either before I begin or shortly after, when I realise how long it’s going to take me to get any good at it.

    I was lucky with writing, as I started long before I had any ability to evaluate my work. But your post has inspired me to keep trying to branch out, and I think next year I’ll finally take an earnest crack at learning to play my banjo-ukulele. So thank you!


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