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  • Writer's pictureSarah M.

Doing Things Just for the Sake of Doing Them

But Am I Wrong?


Hey there, fellow adventurers of life! Today, I want to share with you an idea that might seem a bit radical at first glance: You don't have to be good at something to enjoy it, and you certainly don't have to constantly strive to get better at it.

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes, it's perfectly okay to just enjoy something for what it is, without the pressure of improvement looming over you.


Now, I can already sense some skepticism brewing among you. After all, we live in a world that often measures success by proficiency and productivity. We're encouraged to constantly hone our skills, strive for excellence, and aim for mastery in everything we do. And don't get me wrong, there's certainly value in growth and improvement. But what about the simple joy of doing something purely for the sake of doing it?


Let me tell you a little story. Growing up, I was never the best artist. My sketches were often clumsy, my colors sometimes clashed, and my proportions were frequently off. Yet, despite my lack of technical prowess, I found immense pleasure in putting pencil to paper and letting my imagination run wild. Did I create masterpieces? Far from it. But with each stroke, I felt a sense of liberation, a connection to something deeper than skill or proficiency. I was simply enjoying the act of creation, regardless of the outcome.


As I journeyed through life, I encountered numerous activities where I was far from being an expert. From playing the piano to trying my hand at various sports, there were plenty of moments where I stumbled and faltered. And yet, in each of those moments, I discovered something beautiful: the sheer delight of immersing myself in something I loved, without the pressure to excel or surpass others' expectations.


You see, there's a certain magic in embracing the process rather than fixating on the end result. When we free ourselves from the burden of perfection, we open ourselves up to a world of possibilities. We give ourselves permission to explore, to experiment, and to revel in the simple joy of being in the moment.


So, here's my proposition to you: the next time you find yourself hesitating to pursue something because you're not sure if you'll be any good at it, remember this—skill is not a prerequisite for enjoyment. Whether it's painting, dancing, writing, or any other pursuit that sets your soul on fire, dive in wholeheartedly, knowing that the value lies not in the outcome, but in the experience itself.


And who knows? Perhaps along the way, you'll surprise yourself with what you're capable of. Or maybe you won't, and that's perfectly fine too. Because at the end of the day, the true measure of success lies not in external validation or proficiency, but in the joy we find in the journey.


So go ahead, embrace the thrill of trying something new, of stumbling and fumbling along the way. Embrace the messy, imperfect, wonderfully human experience of simply doing things for the sheer joy of doing them. Trust me, you won't regret it.


Here's to embracing the beauty of imperfection and reveling in the simple pleasure of being alive.


With love and unbridled enthusiasm,

Sarah



 


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