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Do It … Try It!


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The school year starts soon here in NJ. For some it may have already started. It’s been 30+ years since I’ve been in a traditional classroom. (But I still continue to learn…we all do…we all have the ability to keep learning from a wide variety of sources IF we want to and IF we open up our minds to the possibilities life has in store for us.) Whatever grade you are going into; whatever age you; where ever you stand in life, here are my words of wisdom…

If you want to do something…DO IT. Don’t let fears or social “norms” (whatever they may be…trust me there really aren’t any norms), hold you back. You want to do something; you want to TRY something; go on and DO IT.

If you are girl and you want to play football, do it. Try it. If you love it, DO IT. It may not be easy and you may face challenges and close minded people who say that you can’t…IGNORE that. If you love it; do it.

If you are a boy and you want to play the flute; do it. Try it. If you love it, DO IT. It will probably not be easy and you too will face challenges and closed-minded people who say you can’t…IGNORE them. If you love it; do it.

If there is something you want to try, try it. There is no shame in trying something and NOT liking it. There is no shame in trying something and liking it but not being good at it. Do what you want to do. Do what makes you feel good. Follow your passion and ignore those who waste your time by sharing negative thoughts and not positive encouragement.

Find your passion. Find your passions. Try something you’ve always wanted to try. Do something you’ve always wanted to do.

(Disclaimer: This is not to tell you to go out and do something dangerous or foolish. We all are given brains…use yours when you follow your passion. If you’ve always dreamed of swimming in the Olympics, I say follow your passion, but learn how to swim first! If you want to be a NASCAR driver, you need to learn how to drive first and follow the law to get a license.)

And if you are not “THE BEST” what you love; that’s okay too. It’s not about being best; it’s about being YOU. Doing what YOU love. Following YOUR passion and not what someone else thinks you should be doing. (Although you should never turn away from a new experience. You might find you love something you didn’t think you would. If you don’t; you’ve tried and now you know!)

Don’t let ANYONE tell you that you CAN’T do something. (Within reason of course! You did read the disclaimer paragraph above, right?) You CAN. It doesn’t matter what sex you are. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is. None of those things that people might say matter, really matter.

What matters is that you are YOU. What matters is trying. What matters is finding what you love and doing it.

And when someone gets all negative on you…I’d say ignore them. But that’s hard to do. Try it. And know that you always have a support system here.

I mean that…you want encouragement…I’ll give you all the encouragement you need. Because this crazy blogging lady believes in YOU. I believe in humankind and YOU are a part of that. I know that I’m not the only one; although it may feel like it at times. There may be haters, but you’ve also got a squad of cheerleaders…don’t be afraid to look for them and to listen to them.

So here I am with my pom-poms…I’m rooting for YOU! Go out there and TRY! Go out and DO! I believe in you…and so should you!

Beth Shorten is a life-long resident of Verona. For more than five years, she has been chronicling life here on her personal site, Bfth’s Boring Blog.

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Beth Shorten
Beth Shortenhttp://bfthsboringblog.blogspot.com
Beth Shorten is a life-long resident of Verona from a long line of life-long Verona residents. She chronicles life here on her personal site, Bfth’s Boring Blog. 


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