Scared to Fail

I'm sitting here, typing and erasing, typing and erasing. Afraid. You see, I'm NOT a writer. In school, I was the one with the red-marked paper. Too many run-ons. Your sentences are too long and confusing (I write like I talk).  You didn't use a comma correctly. And on. And on. And on.  So, for years I have avoided writing. Until now. Now I blog. Not well, but decently enough. I enjoy it. Most days. But today, I'm scared. 

My readership is up. My last blog post was read by more than triple the number of viewers of the last post. So, what's the problem? What if this one falls flat? What if I fail? 

I wonder how many times my students have felt like this. More importantly,  have I made them feel like this?  Have I made my students feel like failures because they have not progressed the way I think they should?   I hope that my expectations haven't hindered my students from trying. Sometimes, it is hard to remember that my expectations are just that. Mine. Not theirs. Sometimes, it is hard to remember that they are still learning and I am still guiding. Guiding. Not pushing. 

So, is it okay to fail? I think so. I've learned my best lessons from "failures". Actually, I've learned a lot from failing. Failing is part of learning. What can I learn from this blog post? Cut myself some slack. Take a break. I've been pushing pretty hard, trying to learn all the ins and outs. Unplug. Unwind. And, let it go. If I fail, I will try again. 

And, that is what I will tell my students.

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