on dabbling.

I painted a picture last night and it’s a mess, and I’m fine with that.

It’s not a bad painting, per se, but it didn’t quite do what I wanted it to do. Not that I’m sure I could even tell you what it is that I wanted it to do anyways. It was an experiment, me dabbling and trying something I’d never tried before, and no it wasn’t perfect. Of course I’m fine with that.

Dabbling can lead to success or it can lead to … well, something other than success. Failure is the wrong word here, Even though failure would have been fine, too. Both success and failure come out of trying something new, and both success and failure and everything in between can result in learning.

So, dabbling leads to learning, and as a learner that’s ultimately my goal, right? And I should dabble more and not overthink it.