Anyone who has spent any time on this blog will know that I am no stranger to hard lessons learned. Aka: failure. Before you go crazy about the word “failure”, let me say, it is okay to have failed. Contrary to mainstream thought, failure is a good thing.
We should be proud enough to say, “Hey, I totally tried that and it didn’t work for me. Now I’m going to try it differently.”
That is the difference between defeat and creating a learning experience for yourself. In modern society we are always told to take things slow, start small. I don’t know about you, but that sounds simply droll. I like to find things I am passionate about and jump in head first and at full force. Sure, I buy books and do research when it comes to the livelihood of another creature, but I certainly don’t wait until “the right time”. Geez… if I did that, I would be absolutely nowhere. I wouldn’t have driven 18-hours to buy my first three angora rabbits, I wouldn’t have bought Trevor that book that made him want to be a beekeeper, I wouldn’t have tried to raise quail, and I wouldn’t have tried a second batch of chicks after half of my first flock was mysteriously eaten. All of those wonderful things started at “the wrong time”. And now I have beautiful rabbits with gorgeous wool (and yummy meat), I have two thriving beehives, I have had the experience of raising quail, and I have eaten home raised chicken meat and fresh farm eggs. Just because you allow yourself the opportunity to crash and burn, doesn’t mean you will.
If you will notice, I listed my experience of raising quail as a benefit, and it was. Was it successful? Maybe in showing me how much I detest quail. No, it was a failure. But it was a failure that taught me so much about the
finicky diet and outrageously high maintenance temperament of some animals. Not everyone can be as laid back as a chicken I guess. But this brings me back to my point.
Sometimes you need to allow yourself the opportunity to fail.
Without failure, we have learned nothing. Without failure, we cannot enrich our day-to-day life. So when you get knocked in the dirt, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and yell, “Thank you for the learning experience!!!” at that damn quail*, because they have made you more awesome than you were yesterday.
* Feel free to substitute the word “quail” with: goat, stubborn cow, carrot, testy eggplant bush, or any other aspect of life that is giving you grief.