Have you noticed how much confidence kids have? Let me tell you about a conversation I had with my 7-year-old son the other day. We'll call him Guillermo (what? It makes me feel exotic).
Guillermo - I don't know if you know this, but I'm an incredible dancer.
Me - I know, I've seen you dance, you're very good.
Guillermo - Yeah, but that was last week. I'm pretty much a professional now.
Me - Oh yeah? How did you go from being very good to a professional in a week?
Guillermo - I decided to try some new things, and I did, and now I'm a professional.
Me - I know you're awesome, but I think the definition of professional means you get paid for doing it.
Guillermo - (pauses to think) Well--then you should start paying me.
So, here is my question. How do we go from having that kind of abounding confidence in ourselves and our abilities as children, to doubting every move we make as adults? I know many talented writers that question themselves and whether they can really do it on a daily basis. Many even let their insecurities get in the way of them finishing their projects...or worse, make them quit.
I want all of us to take the next week and be a little more childish. No, I don't mean you should start pulling each others hair and throwing spit wads. I mean that we should try and push our insecurities aside and believe in ourselves a little more.
When we do, we may just end up looking as awesome as this kid.
Oh! And about the socks. One of our blogger buddies, Tristi Pinkston, has a book coming out next week, and in conjunction with that, she is doing Operation Sock Hop in which she's asking people to donate socks to those in need. Go check it out and give, because there is nothing more important than making sure everyone can have toasty tootsies. ;)