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- Author: Jessica McCabe
- Language: English
- Genre: Parenting Hyperactive Children
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How to Fail at Everything
Be yourself!…No, not like that!
My whole life, I felt like I was failing to be the person I was supposed to be.
When I was little, my mom would drop me off at school—my hair
braided, jacket clean and warm from tumbling in the dryer, quietly reading
a new book. At the end of the day, my dad would pick me up—dirty,
disheveled, backpack left unzipped and messy, anxiously shivering because
I’d forgotten my jacket.
I went to school looking like the person I was supposed to be. I went
home looking like…me.
And I wasn’t what anyone expected.
When you are eight, people expect you to be able to dress yourself,
keep your shoes tied, and keep your backpack zipped. The basics. When
you are thirty, people expect you to show up to work on time, pay your
bills, and put gas in your car before it runs out.
I’ve never been great at meeting basic expectations.
I could, however, exceed them.
In school, I took standardized tests every year. These tests measured my
performance in each subject by grade level. In third grade, my reading
comprehension came back “PHS.” I asked my teacher what it meant. She
didn’t know, so she asked the principal. He told us, “Post high school.” (I
really liked to read.)
In high school, I was assigned an essay to write. I do not remember
what the topic was, but I decided that—to research it properly—I needed to
go to a duck farm, buy some eggs, incubate and hatch those eggs, raise the
ducklings, and then teach them to swim in my bathtub. This wasn’t for a
science fair project, by the way. I did this for English class. I’m not sure
why I felt I had to go to those lengths, but the day I presented my paper to
the class, I was the only student walking around campus with three
ducklings in tow.
The teacher gave me the same feedback that I had heard
throughout my entire life: “You have so much potential!”
In college, I signed up for multiple classes on the music business
because I wanted to support my then boyfriend, who was a musician. I had
no plans to be a composer, but I took a composition class where I learned
how to write music using math. I was pretty good at it, too! The teacher
gave me the same feedback that I heard throughout my entire life: “You
have so much potential!”
The fact that I could sometimes exceed expectations made it even more
frustrating for me—and everyone around me—when I failed to meet the
Be a Good Daughter
As a daughter, I was supposed to make my parents proud.
But I struggled to meet most of my parents’ expectations for me: clean
your bedroom, do your homework, and behave at the dinner table. So I tried
to earn their respect in other ways.
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