By Emily K.
Throughout our lives we are taught to fear failure. School is a particular example of this – there is a right answer and a wrong answer, rewards and demerits are tangible and public. We are taught that it is bad to be bad, or even average. We are taught that we must play to our strengths. The problem with this view is that we end up deeply rooted within our comfort zones and unable to grow. New research into neuroplasticity is uncovering the exciting ability we all have to physically mold our brains, to feed and nourish them like a plant stretching its limbs in many directions. By embracing our weaknesses and working on them we also embrace the full potential of our selves.
Every Thursday morning I walk ten blocks to my piano teacher’s house and play a beautiful instrument very poorly. My fingers are clumsy and my brain seems to forget how to communicate with my hands. But every week when I leave my lesson I feel alive, challenged and deeply humbled.
John C Maxwell said that “growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” As a child, most things are new. As an adult, we do the things we are already familiar with. It takes courage to suck at something, and then to pick yourself up and try it again. It is also deeply fulfilling to tackle head-on the things you’ve always wanted to do and learn, and to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
Photo credit: A Quiet Day in Wonderland by Nikita Gill