What I mean is when you initially think that something is hard, whether it’s from your own deciphering or from others opinions, you’ll make it to be true. Heard that juggling is hard and didn’t want to do it? Heard that exercising is hard so you didn’t continue? Heard that it’s too much effort to keep a nice diet so you didn’t try? Heard that math and physics is only for “smart” people so you didn’t give it a second look?
Well, I’m disappointed in you.
Growing up (I will sound cocky in a moment) I was good at most things. I remember trying something for the first time and ACE-ing it. Everyone would praise me and ask “Wow, how could she do that!?” as well as “Dang” which is my personal favorite. Let me give you an example so you’ll stop rolling your eyes at me. I get asked if I play any instruments quite often. I tell them I learned the piano, guitar, clarinet, and I tried to learn how to play the accordion but mine was broken. As I grew up I continued to be good at the things I chose to be good at. Spelling was easy to me because I thought it was easy first-hand. Statistics was easy to me as well because crunching numbers with given formulas isn’t hard at all. Playing video games was repetition so of course they were easy. Exercising was easy because I thought my body to be able (even though I have scoliosis and shin splints). Coding HTML in my web design class was way easy because I wanted it to be. The list could go on.
And I didn’t even read or know about The Secret until maybe a year ago.
I realized what I was doing with my mind-set around my freshman year of high school. My geometry teacher used to tell us that our tests were “hard” and so I thought I could not do it. Simply because this annoying, unattractive creature told me that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Yeah I’m still bitter about him when I have to recall his existence.
That was around the moment where I realized that because he told me I couldn’t do it I didn’t try to do it. So I didn’t want to do it because I wouldn’t be able to do it. GREAT TEACHER RIGHT? -____-
Now this is quite different from the time that I joined the Computer Science team for UIL during high school. I literally came to one club meeting where they talked nonsense, gave me a book, and I wasn’t invited back. Later I found out that a guy on the team who knew jack-shit about coding told the teacher/sponsor of the team that I didn’t know anything about computers. Thus, I wasn’t invited back. You know one day I’ll compile all of my experiences during my school years that made me into the person I am today. Then make an additional post on how the Internet gave me hope in humanity again. Or not.
I don’t remember how long it took me to cover the imprint of the damage he did, but I told myself that if anyone/someone could do this than I could do it too. There is no excuse for me not to.
Right now it’s Geek Week on YouTube and there are trolls out there who are like “zomg u r a girl ur not a geek gtfo bbq.” I know that I should not fuel the troll’s fire but these type of comments come from those who do not mean to troll as well. There are actual people out there who still believe that women cannot do science, math, or “geeky” things.
I will post a blog about how I didn’t know certain types of people still existed.
This is the 21st century gtfo.
This post isn’t made to expose those who still believe this. I think that actions speak louder than words. This is a post to sort of motivate people (girls and boys) to do the things that they once believed were hard.
Growing up you will probably hear “Oh you’re more of a math person.” or “Oh you’re more of the Literature and Arts person.” Like no. Tell them to gtfo because this is the 21st century and you can be good at both. There are theories that will tell you that because you’re left or right-handed (I’m left-handed btw) you will be better at logic or creativity. That could be true but that theory doesn’t have to dictate the rest of your life. So you could be 20% better at math than art. You can still draw and do trigonometry. Why not? No really, why not? Because other people told you that you couldn’t? Because you believe yourself that you are not capable of doing it.
Do everything because you can.
Those negative voices are just there to annoy you. And if you happen to experience negativity from an experience, I know that you will want to warn others to not do it, but you have to let them try.
I don’t like doing easy things. You could very well argue that the arts is vital to our progression as a society and I will totally 100% agree with you on that. I just think that our generation is doing a fine job of that so I don’t need to focus my contribution on that aspect. I’d rather push myself to figure out new processes that will innovate a better future. You can create the happy, peace-loving future and I will figure out how to ship resources in a way that will decrease pollution. Fair trade? But I need more people on this side of the innovation. We have to make our world better not only by reposting pretty pictures on tumblr and writing nice words in graffiti or wearing a new Henri Bendel bag.
I think that I’ve made my point. But if I didn’t then let me show you this picture that will possibly confuse you further.
In this case he used the adjective “hard” to motivate you towards accomplishing that hard task. That’s one way to do it, but if you tell that to a group of high school students 25/30 will unlock their iPhones and play Candy Crush or type a meaningless post on their Facebook wall.
I’m done typing for the night. There’s a lot to say but I might as well separate the topics into their own posts.