Have you ever quit after trying something once? Quit, thinking that it was just too difficult? Quit, thinking that you just weren’t any good at it?
I know I have.
There’s a funny thing about a first attempt, though. It’s always the hardest. Think of skills that you do have – walking, talking, feeding yourself. The first time you did those things, you fell down, made noises no one understood, and smeared food all over yourself. But with each attempt it got easier, until you had more or less mastered those skills.
Because I’m now proficient at cooking, baking and creating, people often assume I was always that way. And they assume that if they’re not currently a great baker, cook or crafter, then it will simply never happen.
The truth is I’m only decent at these things because I put a lot of time and effort into them. And I’ve made a lot of mistakes.
I’ve cooked meals that were truly inedible.
I’ve realized that the spring form pan wasn’t assembled properly only once I had poured in the cheesecake batter … and it dumped out all over the floor.
I’ve made strawberry preserves that passed the place of jelly and went straight to candy – forever rock-hard, stuck in their jars.
I’ve burned pies, cookies, breads, cakes. You name it, I’ve probably burned it.
I’ve used my seam ripper more than I ever imagined possible.
I’ve sewn wonky lines and left exposed seams (not on purpose).
I’ve felted things right past small and cute, and into the place of miniature and useless.
I’ve made things too ugly to display and too weird to wear.
But I’ve kept at it – eventually.
Looking back now, I realize that it’s the practice – the hours logged – that have gotten me this far.
So if you think you don’t have the talent or ability to cook, bake or create, I’m here to tell you that simply isn’t true – I know from firsthand experience. You might not have the level of talent you desire, yet, but you’ll get there.
And if you’re now rather accomplished in the kitchen or craft room, take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come and all the mistakes that got you to where you are today.