This post is a bit dated – found it in the drafts folder, dusted it off, and am sharing it now.. The request hasn’t left my mind since offered a couple of months ago.
I ended up have an unexpected visit with a mentor of mine yesterday. It’d been a while since we’d talked and the visit was unexpected. At the end of our visit, I asked him if he had any words of wisdom to share.
No, that’s not right. What I actually said was, “Is there anything I can do for you?” His answer wasn’t expected, but has been on my mind ever since.
What’d he say? Three words:
Be less hesitant.
For the last couple of years here and online in other spaces, I’ve been holding back a bit. I don’t know exactly why, but certainly there are multiple reasons why I’m not as forthcoming online as I once was.
After almost ten years of blogging, it’s still hard, on a very regular basis, to push the publish button. The what ifs always, ALWAYS, run through my head:
- What if I’m not smart enough?
- What if what I write makes people upset?
- What if I’m not right?
- What if this isn’t important?
They go on. And on. And on. And on.
We all need a good kick in the rear sometimes to be reminded that the struggle is the value in the thing. Especially this thing of writing and sharing about our practice in order to be be better teachers, better learners. Better people.
And I’ve always claimed that it’s the job of a writer to write things, not necessarily to decide if they’re the right things1.
Pushback sharpens arguments. It clarifies positions. Sometimes, even on the Internet, it can change minds. And, in the case of the questions up above, maybe I need to be pushing back on me a little bit more. The friction is a good thing.
So I’m trying very hard to get back to being less afraid to push publish, to silence the editors in my head that work so hard to silence me. I’m trying to be less hesitant.
- Actually, I think I’ve argued that social media spaces are spaces where the poster should post what he or she wishes, and not worry so much about whether or not another person would want to continue to pay attention to them. But that’s probably another post. Or series of posts. I might not be right about that. Then again . . .wait. I’m being hesitant. [↩]