It is OK if Things Don’t Work Out Perfectly the First Time

What are you learning this month?

I know that for those of our readers in America, August brings the time of “back to school.” Whereas, for those of us in the UK, school doesn’t start back until the beginning of September. So I am still in the midst of my summer.

Because I work in an educational setting, summer is a time away from being in the center of so much learning. My time off from official, formal learning.

That doesn’t mean I stop learning.

Like some of you, I wrote a summer bucket list this year. While most of the items filling it are things I have done before (some of them I’ve done many times!), some things on my list are new to me. I don’t want to stop learning, no matter how old I get. But I want to incorporate learning fun things as well as serious things.

When we fail at something, whether it's baking a cheesecake for the first time, or we have a major parenting screw up, it's okay to try again. We learn from our mistakes. One failure doesn't make us a failure.

Learning isn’t limited to classrooms and shouldn’t be boring.

That means this summer I will be learning by visiting a pen museum in my home city. Helping me learn more about the history of the pens and nibs I love to use in calligraphy art. I also plan to visit somewhere new to eat, which fits in with my desire to live well. I will plan and serve a themed meal, where I like to include learning about at least one food I’ve never tried before. Although at the time of writing I haven’t decided what either of those will be, so your suggestions are welcomed in the comments.

I also will be doing a fair bit of baking. I consider myself quite an adept baker as I have been baking since I was really young. But, I never learned to make a baked cheesecake. I’ve made the type of cheesecake that just sets in the fridge but never a baked one. It scares me for some reason. I think baked cheesecake is going to take a few attempts to get just right, which is no different than any other type of learning.

Here’s what I want you to know:
It’s okay to try again.

Maybe we all need reminding of this once in a while. It is OK if things don’t turn out perfectly the first time. You are allowed to try again! Some in the Middle Places family are in school as adults, going back to our formal learning after a break from it to care for children. Others of us learn in order to progress in our professions, or because it is a requirement of our job even to stay in the position we hold.

Some tackle learning a whole new way of cooking and meal planning in order to help a family member going through health issues. But others in the Middle Places tribe are learning for the sheer enjoyment of learning, or in order to learn alongside our children.

Whatever it is you are learning, for whatever reason, don’t stress if it doesn’t turn out quite right the first time. Hang in there, try again, check out some more advice, try again, look up some other ways of approaching it, try again. And whatever you do, keep trying, keep learning.

Maybe by the time this post is published I will have photos from my learning this summer. I will share them over on the Middle Places Facebook group, so watch out for them. In the meantime, please share the things you’ve been learning this summer or that you plan to learn now that the children are heading back to school.

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When we fail at something, whether it's baking a cheesecake for the first time, or we have a major parenting screw up, it's okay to try again. We learn from our mistakes. One failure doesn't make us a failure.

Zoe Gregg

Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.
Zoe Gregg

About Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.

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