2 weeks ago
In the world of constant boasting about the successes, we sometimes forget that fails happen, too. And that, in fact, they are even more common.
There is nothing wrong with not knowing something. To think of it, even the scientists know close to nothing about the world we are living in as there are giant gaps of knowledge waiting to get filled.
Every time I want to get snobbish about anything and point out something like “everyone knows that, why not you”, I remember myself.
I remember myself searching for a good mobile phone X-Ray app in the AppStore to check whether my finger was broken as I was too lazy to visit the doctor and check it there. (Never got there. As I said, too lazy).
I remember myself using vodka instead of water for cooking as it boils faster. And, well, they both are clear. Vodka smells unpleasant but it’s nothing one couldn’t fix with a good perfume, right? (Yeah I poured the perfume into cooking vodka as well). BTW Having me as a cook is a good idea only if you want to get food poisoning.
I remember myself knowing Michelangelo and Rafael only as the Ninja Turtles and not Renaissance Titans (kudos to all art historians here and my Art History degrees).
I remember myself spending half an hour searching for the right piano key (playing Beethoven and Mozart kinda ok nowadays). I remember myself making 8(!) mistakes in a word “autumn” not so long ago (not a single one in this word now! Wow!).
And I bet you have plenty of similar stories as well! Well, if you weren’t born yesterday
I remember most of my fails, always ready to laugh on them as well as understand their significance. They show me the gaps in my knowledge of the world, encouraging me to learn and to do more. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but there is no success without several failures. They are essential.
The only thing I discourage is not trying to fill those gaps once stumbled upon them, not trying to understand why the failure occurred at the first place and how it could be prevented from happening in the future.
Admitting the ignorance isn’t shameful. Choosing it as a motto is.