We’ve all seen those moments. Someone does something, and instantly your palm hits your forehead. You shake your head and just wondering what that person was thinking. Heck, I’m sure we’ve all had those moments ourselves. Failure is apart of us all.
I feel like my post yesterday is one of those moments. I thought it was a cool concept to look at myself as an X-Men character. I extrapolated it outwards to think of my friends as X-men characters, and then proceeded to bring it back to myself. In the end, I feel like it was a bit of a half-assed post instead of being as cool as it could have been. Of course, I left it up and decided to write about it!
I know everything I write won’t be solid gold. Logically, that’s not possible. I am not that great of a writer, nor do I edit any of my blog posts before I put them up. That means some things are going to be substandard. My biggest fear is they become the standard at which point I should probably close up shop and work on something new. However, substandard or not, I got my post up for the day.
I sit down knowing that many of the words I write, concepts I think about, or stories I want to tell won’t make it to the final printed page. Sometimes, it’s because I type up the wrong word. Sometimes, scenes get deleted. Maybe the story isn’t really as important as I wanted it to be. They all end up on the cutting room floor, and those stories never come forward again.
For a long time, I wanted to tell every story at every moment. I wanted to multi-task large epic stories with smaller personal stories. I wanted them to intermingle. I wanted to do a weekly story on a blog. I wanted to write a novel. I wanted…. And then never did. I got caught up in the ideas and never made it to the next stage. Instead of succeeding in anything, I failed at everything.
Now, I’m using this knowledge of failures to move forward. I know that I need to keep writing on one thing until its done. I need to do the posts daily to keep my blog going. (They don’t have to be perfect, but they should fit the theme. They also need to be done daily). I will edit and write. I will work through what doesn’t work and make it all work.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the only real failure I can have is just giving up. It may take a lot of little failures to show up before I have a success, but those failures lead me forward. They push me forward. I use them to make me better and course correct as I go along. Yesterday didn’t work as well as I wanted, but it gave me something to talk about today. That makes the failure a success, and that’s great!