Jodee Bock's post challenged me (and a list of others) to summarize my life story in 6 words. Apparently a book has been written, Not Quite What I Was Planning, by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, that captures 800 6-word memoirs. You'll find examples in Jodee's post.
I found the exercise surprisingly easy. Here goes: In spite of doubt, she leaped. [Dear Tom B. from Cincy - if you are reading this, please chime in!]
Throughout my life I've had the innate and tenacious ability to "forget" or minimize my accomplishments. I have a "Teflon memory" when it comes to my own past acts of courage, action, and success. So in essence I seem to forever be "starting over."
When I was a little girl, 7 years old, I stood on the stage in my first tap-dancing recital. With me were a handful of other little girls. As the music played out, I continued to dance til the end, unaware that the little girls next to me and behind me had forgotten the dance and stood still. After that recital, the dance instructor wanted to move me up to the next level. I refused to go, because I was shy and didn't want to be separated from my sister. My short-lived dancing career withered away. But my love for dancing never stopped.
Each day of my life, I face down fear, doubt, and the annoying habit of second-guessing myself. My task each morning is to acknowledge these phantoms and set them in the corner. They may never go away. Doesn't matter. I've learned how to leap, in spite of.
Tell us your life story in 6 words!
[Picture Credit: Steve Woods - UK]