My Unschooling Book Series (5)
Self-doubt is a terrible thing. It holds us back, preventing us from using our talents to do things that could be very good.
Yesterday, I doubted. Kind friends stopped by to reassure me. And today, I’m not worrying about what other people might think. If I publish a book and then someone says, “What right have you to write about unschooling? You haven’t got the perfect family,” I’ll deal with it. If anyone judges me then, sadly, they just don’t understand.
It would be nice if everyone liked us and approved of what we’re doing. But that’s not going to happen. We’re all going to face criticism of some kind. Although words have the power to hurt us, we can choose to ignore them. We can refuse to let others influence what we do. People who don’t encourage and support us, especially when we’re having a difficult time, aren’t real friends. Their circle isn’t where we belong.
My kids aren’t perfect. I bet yours aren’t either. But that’s okay. We’re going to keep on loving and accepting and encouraging each other. Together we’ll become the people we are meant to be.
So I’m going to keep writing about unschooling. I’m not going to retreat and keep quiet. If I do that, our critics have won.
And now I’ve overcome the temptation to doubt, it’s time to work on my book.
Image: Despite the difficulties, life is full of joy and love. We’re on the right track. This is where we belong.