THE ART OF TRYING
I don’t want to be blunt, but my motto in life is “ IF YOU DON’T TRY, YOU SUCK “
Now what exactly does the word TRY mean ?
Simple Definition of try
to make an effort to do something : to attempt to accomplish or complete something
to do or use (something) in order to see if it works or will be successful
to do or use (something) in order to find out if you like it
I consider myself very lucky that at a very young age, I was taught the value of hardwork by my family. Whether it was my moms 11 brothers and sisters leading by example and if you didn’t keep up or were able to follow instructions, you were left in the dust. Or my dads family working on the farm and not stopping until the work was done.
One of the most important lessons I learned from all of this is you TRY your best always, no exceptions. Now does this mean being THE best ? Not at all, but it definitely means being YOUR best.
I can remember as a kid, my mom asking me when I was having trouble with something “ Did you try your best ?” If my answer was definitely yes, I would get help, but if I could honestly say no, I would have to go back and try again. This could have been anything from cleaning my room, school work, chores and more.
On the flipside of this, I was always supported and encouraged to TRY new things. My family was not very adventurous, but for some reason, I was. When I wanted to get into BMX bikes at 12, they support my efforts and watched me come home with many injuries, my dad let me use his woodworking garage to hang and paint bikes. All the while not deterring or uttering any unsupporting words. When I wanted to go on the road with a band at 19 and travel across Canada playing clubs, they stood by me and supported my choice for some reason ( Still not sure how that happened). My point is, I was wanting and needing to TRY new things to see if I liked it, and they were there right beside me with love and support.
There is nothing more inspiring to myself then my children or students working so hard at something and not giving up until they get it. They TRY their best and if that doesn’t work, they find another level of TRYING they did know existed. Also when adults in their 60’s sign up for drum lessons and say they have wanted to do it since they were in their teens. This is amazing for them to give this a TRY, and experience one of the greatest things in life. .
I never was one to believe in the adage “ You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. If you believe this, you may have made the tricks harder in your own mind and therefore don’t need to TRY.
Along with TRYING comes other words like PERSEVERENCE, ADVERSITY and many more. These are many other blogs to be written, but the point is if we TRY our best, we can sleep a little easier at night knowing we gave it our all. Also if we give ourselves the chance to TRY new things, we might find new and amazing inspiration in life, and this is a good thing right ?
Most times in life, the only thing standing between us TRYING our best or TRYING new and exciting things, is ourselves.
Have you ever had the feeling of being so inspired that you felt you could accomplish anything ? I think everyone has at some point in their life, whether it is a story of someone overcoming obstacles in life, participating in selfless acts of kindness for others or so many other forms of inspiration.
If anyone knows me, they know I am very passionate about music and am a big sports fan. I get very inspired by great songs, great musicians, amazing plays in a game, athletes pulling off feats of greatness and more. I look at these types of inspiration as “Outside” inspiration as I need to go find this inspiration by putting music on, watching a game, checking out a concert etc.
But what about our ” Inside” inspiration ? When you wake up in the morning and open your eyes, is it possible to feel inspired with nothing from the “Outside” inspiration being present ? First off, waking up everyday is a gift and that should be inspiring all on its own.
Sometimes our ” Inside” inspiration can become clouded with the responsibilities of
life such as bills to pay, car repairs, saving and making more money, jobs and so much more that we ALL deal with. I have really made an effort in the last 4 years to talk less ( some will argue this and take in everything going on around me at home, work and travelling to focus on the ” Inside” inspiration. I honestly believe that our “Inside” /everyday inspiration can be as if not more powerful than the “Outside”.
Here is a very small list of my daily observations and I am sure many can relate :
- Watching my 23 year old son become an extremely responsible and hardworking young man balancing University, jobs and focusing on his career path
- Seeing my 19 year old daughter finish a very busy first year in her education degree and has the passion to become the school teacher that we all wish we had.
- Watching my 3 year old learn new things everyday with passion, fire and curiosity
- Hearing my wife’s voice say she loves me
- Making my family laugh and smile
- Getting to spend time with my sister and witnessing how our parents taught us to be caring and responsible adults.
- Observing my wife work so hard on everything she does and NEVER gives less than 110%
- My 79 year old dad and reminding myself that he could out work me any day of the week
In this day and age of technology and being surrounded by almost any information we want, it is pretty easy to find “Outside” inspiration, which is awesome and amazing. At the same time, I have found that the idea that we can find this anytime can be numbing and lose an emotional element.
Try focusing on your “Inside” inspiration for a few days and make your own list. You will be amazed that inspiration is around us all day long, costs nothing and can be in the simplest form.