image via Dancing Branflake
"You're a beautiful dancer, just not in ballet."
Suzi Wood, a ballet teacher at BYU, said that to me my last year in college. I remember this heartbreaking Jodi Sawyer moment like it was yesterday. I knew I would never be a ballerina for a major company (my body type certainly does not lend itself to that) but telling me I wasn't good at all nearly destroyed all the confidence I had in myself as a dancer. Looking back I realize now how completely inappropriate her words were for a college professor (and for a decent human being in general), but at the time I was just incredibly sad and lost.
I share this with you because throughout our lives we will not only have people telling us that we are not good enough but also that we should quit all together. Bloggers, never say never. For those who have Etsy shops and blooming creative ideas and businesses, please don't give up. You have a vision and who is to say that your vision is not worth something? You never know. They never know. You go with your gut and you remember that initial burst of creative inspiration and never let that go.
We don't do it for fame or glory but because we have a passion for our vision set before us. The end result is unknown and that's okay because it will probably be much better than we imagined anyway.
I can't imagine my life if I had listened to her words and given up on ballet. In fact, after graduation my love for it increased tenfold as did my confidence in it. You just never know.
image via Tom Huynh
You can do it.
You wouldn't have started if you couldn't finish.