Friday, March 5, 2010

"You have to fall in order to learn."

Those are the words of the five year-old genius that gave me this cute look last night. (Heart sticker, side ponytail—don't be jealous.) Yes, more babysitting. It was actually the easiest, most enjoyable babysitting job I have ever done. I had to cancel a girls' night to do it, but it was worth it. Anyway, back to my point.

The little girl was telling me about her ice skating play date tomorrow, and I told her that I wasn't a very good ice skater and that I usually fall down a lot. To which she replied, "Well, you have to fall if you want to learn." Amazing. I couldn't believe how something so simple resonated with me so much. 

I've fallen down so many times in the last nine months. But, I chose to. If wanted an easy, complacent life I wouldn't have quit a cushiony job to take a risky one at a TABLOID magazine for crying out loud. You'd think I wasn't aware of the state our economy is in! But, I've learned more during this short amount of time than I did in the five years I was clocking in hours at an office. Somehow I am more in touch with who I am and where I'm going than ever before, even when it feels like I can't see past tomorrow. 

I will continue to fall, but if anything, I know I have you guys to pick me up again ;) What do you think of this five year-old's words of wisdom? Has anyone said something recently that really struck a cord with you?


  1. What great are so innocent and simple. We should all be like 5 year olds! haha!

    The best piece of advice I ever got was from my mom...who always tells me not to live in a "I'll be happy when..." world. Meaning to stop and enjoy what is making you happy RIGHT NOW!

    Have a great Saturday honey! :)

  2. Two of my guiding quotes are from my sons, both at very young ages. One said, "I think I'm just going to enjoy life and see what happens." The other said, "I don't care if I win or lose. I just want to have an adventure."

  3. I was playing with my 4 year old niece the other day, sometime around Valentine's Day. She had a box of chocolates and was passing them out. And she got one for herself, took a bite and hated it. I told her to get another one, and she said, so seriously: "No that's ok. You get what you get, and you don't get upset."

    What maturity! I would've cried. Or, really, just eaten the whole box until I got what I wanted!

  4. MHP, I am the WORST at having an "I'll be happy when..." attitude. The absolute worst. I know that when I get all the things I THINK will make me happy, I will have another entirely different list of things that will make me happy. Ugh.

    Secret agent, that is so mature of your sons to say that! You should be so proud :)

    Same to you No One Reads Copy, that is TOO cute! What a great attitude—I could learn from that!

  5. I never used to quite understand the saying. I do now. It's just like how when we fail, the best thing to do is learn from it and move on. The next time around, we'll do better because we know better since, if you fell, you realize that what you were doing doesn't work!! Choosing to not skate bcuz you know you don't know how only hinders the learning process and I know my choosing to not skate is like a semi-protective mechanism bcuz I hurt myself badly the one and only time I tried, over 10 yrs ago plus it was embarrassing but really, to deny yourself the opportunity is as much of a shame as to stand on the side of the rink and watch other people skate. I just always thought, "but I don't want to have to fall to learn and I don't think a person needs to," but honestly, to get to your full potential, we have to let a lot go in order to get more than we could imagine in return.
    Like, the thing about the chocolate. My niece said the same thing strangely enough and it affected me the same way. I think we already know what's right within us but if it seems harmless and simple like chocolate, we figure we should just be able to get what we want; however, little things MATTER so keeping a positive attitude even with the small stuff like chocolate always pays off!! L0L

  6. sorry i am just now reading this, but how SWEET!!!! and i love the 'i just want to have an adventure' quote from secret agent woman's son-perfect!

    mom sends me greeting cards sometimes from Kate Harper Designs-they have quotes from children on them. one of my favorites says "you know it was a good day if you didn't hit or bite anyone" -nathaniel, age 4 so wise!