It's my month to fail up. Which is just another way of saying I'm going to seek out new challenges.
In past months I've made an attempt to live like the kids. I've been eating less sugar, cutting out late nights and having more fun.
Those small adjustments in my lifestyle have suffered occasional derailment in the name of Girl Scout cookies, rave-inspired birthday parties and a couple of unintentional late night reading marathons. But the good thing about living like a kid is you get to make plenty of mistakes. The other good thing is most of my slip-ups can be reclassified under the third category of living like a kid, which is having more fun.
Few would argue that living like a kid isn't good for body and soul. It provides more energy and lots to talk about but it doesn't do much to expand my skill sets.
Which is why I've decided to make March my month to take a few chances. The more I thought about this goal the more I realized I would still be living like a kid.
There's keyboarding for example. "AAARRRGHH, why is everything I type capitalized? MOM, it's NOT working."
"Did you accidentally hit the Caps Lock key?"
"Oh, maybe. Okay. Go away. Don't read over my shoulder."
Yes, she caught me reading over her shoulder and in that brief moment I read that Coco Chanel "got women out of bonnets, created the little black dress and lots of other stuff."
On a daily basis kids are pushed to learn new things; technology, descriptive writing, grammar. We aren't born knowing the phrase 'lots of other stuff' shouldn't be used in a biographical essay. We learn this information and the learning process isn't always easy.
In fact, my daughter is often frustrated by her school work but she pushes through. I expect her to push through because she's in fourth grade and still has a lot to learn.
And then there's me. I expect my kids to take chances and risk failure because I want them to learn. Do I have anything left to learn? Does fear of failure prevent me from trying new things? Most importantly, if I wouldn't accept those excuses from my kids, why should I accept them from myself?
Stop by on Wednesday when I'll be looking at excuses. Some will be borrowed, some will be my own. The one thing they have in common is their unilateral goal of protecting the status quo.