I have started a campaign by going door to door asking for signatures in an effort to have you renamed.
My petition clearly states: “We, the law-abiding citizens of Everywhere, hereby decree the word Failure to be replaced with its more compassionate counterpart, Learning.” Like all politicians, I think I’ve got a good chance for a real change for the people.
I want to be completely transparent, Failure: this bad wrap, it’s not your fault. Somewhere along the way, people began to equate your label (which does begin with an F, BTW), with unworthiness. But see the thing is, there is no such thing as perfection. So then we can say the same about failure.
Oh gosh, Failure, I’ve noticed how your brow is furrowed, contemplating your very existence.. I see this is emotional for you (passes Kleenex). It’s like having an identity crisis. In that way, you are similar to every middle aged woman on the planet. I hope this helps you feel less alone. Together, we can give rise to an entirely new way of experiencing life.
Case in point: does any parent say to their baby as they are taking their first wibbly, wobbly, drunken steps, “FAILURE! You don’t even know how to WALK!” No way! We clap and act like complete hysterical idiots cheering at our first Taylor Swift concert. The baby drops to the ground, assessing the situation, with this realization: when I fall down, I am still loved. In fact, my parents cheer, applaud and sing for me.
Imagine what our world would look like if this was the case each time we tried something for the 1st or 100th time (water skiing - I have still have yet to “pop up”), bit the big one, and we were greeted with a community of kindreds clapping their hearts out.
Failure, you have loomed in the background of our lives like a bad Kenny G impersonator, and it’s time to remake you into something the world can digest more easily.
Remember, it’s not your fault. I’m not upset with you. But this lady is on a mission to change your name. Thanks for trying to keep me safe, but I’ve got it now. I’m Learning.
All of Us