The stakes are high and you are worth it. The truth is, you have always been worth it. Even at times when you doubted your worth, you didn’t lose it. Too often, we underestimate ourselves and overestimate our circumstances. I have done it, time and time again. I have seen how availability trumps ability and how it is not enough to be pregnant with potential. With a 3.2 GPA, I spent an extra year completing my Bachelors’s Degree while some students who had achieved a minimum of 2.0 gracefully walked across the stage at Graduation.
I do not say this to take credit from their well-deserved success but as a reminder that my ability was not enough. Our ability must be accompanied by our availability. My English Literature teacher in her usual firm tone once said, “Availability is better than ability”. I was smart and great at what I did. Of course, that was ability!. But really, I was only great at it because I did it, repeatedly- that was availability. Denise Austin tells us “Life is not a dress rehearsal. The curtain is up and you are on so go out and give it your best shot!”.
We must be able to show up for ourselves even when others cannot show up for us. We must be present and available. We must show up to do the work that is required and sometimes, that work is a lot. Especially when we are already overworked, overstressed and overestimating our circumstances. For us to receive cheers and applause is great but we must know our worth even in their absence. We must bet on ourselves even if we are the only ones placing our bet there. The stakes are high and you are worth it. Bet on yourself!
Learning. Being. Becoming.