When I Was In Primary School I Failed English
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When I was in primary school I failed English.
I could not write an essay to save a chickens life. And if I had to answer comprehension questions to rescue a drowning mosquito…the mosquito was as good as dead. I just sucked at English. And no…my sucking at English did not stop in Primary school, it carried over to Secondary school, where I just managed to get through English.
So when people come up to me and say…wow you write so well. I am like…you should have seen my shit several years ago. In primary 1 and JSS1 and SSS1…it was horrible.
But I kept at it…or at least I tried…
Because a lot of times I would see what other more accomplished bloggers and authors would write and convince myself that I was not good enough. And we all do that…comparing ourselves at the start with people that have been doing it for years. Not only do we do it, others do it and they discourage us. And we listen …. when we know we shouldn’t.
But if we saw just how bad others were when they just started then we would give ourselves some credit. Just check out these 6 pictures from Ray Sampang below:
In 2008 his drawing of Carrie Underwood would have made you laugh and not because you were happy!
But just 5 years later his drawings have improved and drastically. He no longer needs to write the name of who he is drawing … his portraits literarily speak for themselves. But according to Ray he went through the same comparison and self-doubt struggles that we all go through…
“In the beginning, I compared myself to other artists that were light years ahead of me … and got frustrated and discouraged when I couldn’t match up to them.”
However he adds…
“As long as you keep at it and continue enjoying what you do, you’ll get to where you want to be.”
So don’t get frustrated and discouraged when your “stuff” is not as good as you want it to be. Just go at it, keep practicing, keep loving what you create and one day you will be blown away by what you can do! Especially when you realize this blog is written by someone who still really sucked at English.
Written By Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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