Today is my birthday, and I'm doing something I don't think I can do.
I'm not good at asking people for things. My sister reminds me that when we were younger, I would make her ask the restaurant servers for another straw or more ketchup because I didn't want to bother them with my requests. Yes, even though it was their job to answer such requests.
I'm a little older and a little better at asking for things now. And today being my birthday and all, I've been thinking about the story of my life and what else I can do to make it better.
I could exercise often, eat more vegetables, speak more kindly, forgive less reluctantly. I should, and I'll try. But what I really need to do is to find out what I think I can't do.
For instance, I don't think I can ask people for donations to give clean water to 26 people who live without it. Asking people for directions, sure. Asking people for money? No way.
And yet -- this is something I know is worth doing. It's something I've realized I can't fail, even if I don't hit the goal. Most things worth doing are like that.
I believe that in doing things we don't think we can do but are worth doing, we find a braver self we would never know otherwise, one who has a story to tell, maybe even a good ending. One who wants to live as though regrets and excuses and being precious about self-image are not really her thing.
Let's be a little courageous and see where that takes us. Here's to you, and here's to us, and here's to doing the things we can't do.