The Florence Foster Jenkins Story
I love this story, I really do. I think it is a lesson so many of us either learned the hard way or are scared to learn at all; that apptitude is not destiny. Those are the words of Mr. Green and he couldn't be more correct. You do not have to be amazing, or every mildly talented, at something to make it your own. You just need to have the drive and zero fear of failure. Not an easy combination but once you realize this very little is impossible.
I am not an amazing writer or an amazing farmer. And a few years ago I was not even mildly talented at falconry, driving horse, riding, or archery. However, I do have the time, effort, and will to learn these things enough to be respectful and competent in them. A perfect example for me: archery. And over the past few years my hours in front of archery targets not only went from a hobby based on a book I read (Thank you S.M. Stirling), but last summer it was my part time job teaching archery at a very respected Scottish School's American branch. I also now teach private and group lessons at my farm. I took passion, turned it into effort, which turned into money, which helps pay for my life here at Cold Antler. I get to help people get started in a sport I love, and they get to go home with a skill and possibly the same tools and passion to do the same. It is a wonderful feeling, and the same satisfaction I get teaching anything here - from fiddling your first tune to milking dairy goats to setting up an electric fence for your first pigs. Teaching beginners is my favorite thing in the world, especially beginners who remind me of my own excitement for life and learning. And Iif you think I care that I occasionally miss the target all together - I don't. I don't care and neither should you. So what if you're not good at a thing. Failing is beautiful. Mistakes are beautiful. Over the years I have learned some hard lessons and some easy ones, but over the years my expeince has grown and in another five years or so this farm will be miles ahead in experience and improvement, I promise you that. Because we don't need to be amazing. We just need to try. We need to have the courage to not care about what others think of our passions. If what you love doing in this world isn't hurting others, brings you joy, and can in some ways make this world a better place - you are obligated to endeavor.
I mean, If Florence can play Carnegie Hall you can totally get a few chickens. Right?
P.S. I really hope you guys are watching the Vlog Brothers. This is one of their videos and they have a couple hundred more doing everything from explaining the state of Egyptian politics to how to apologize correctly. They are kind, hilarious, talented, and the creators of Nerdfighteria. They might be the last best force of good in the media today. Watch them. Also, DFTBA.