Steve Martin on doing anything, parenting included

The course was more plodding than heroic: I did not strive valiantly against doubters but took incremental steps studded with a few intuitive leaps. I was not naturally talented – I didn’t sing, dance, or act – though working around that minor detail made me inventive.

From page 3 of Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life.

It strikes me that while Martin was talking about becoming a stand-up comedian this could be anything. Whenever we begin something we rarely if ever see the end. Throughout graduate school I thought for sure I would be teaching more and really enjoying it but I don’t. I use very little what I was taught during those two years but rather I use was I built. The skills and experiences.

This is true for being a parent as well. There are no parent of the year awards, no golden tickets. There are no naturally talented parents, we all work around our faults to get better.


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