Feeling Mediocre

I can’t help it sometimes. I look at how well other people do things and compare myself to them. I don’t know why I do this, but I do. The only outcome of it is that I end up feeling mediocre.

I don’t feel that I do anything great. I don’t seem to excel at anything. I do lots of different things and I should feel good about that. But all of the things I do, I’m mediocre at.

I can skateboard but I can’t hold a candle to most everyone else in the park. I can play a few instruments but I know better musicians than me. I run fast but there is always someone faster. I get blog comments but only a handful.

Am I mediocre at every thing I do? And if so, is this a bad thing?

I asked my dad about this and he said, “I don’t think mediocre is bad. Mediocre means that you do things. I’m mediocre at most things too.”

Okay, so maybe I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I wonder how many people don’t try something because of this feeling. That would be a waste. I mean, we can’t all expect to be like Tony Hawk on the skateboard. There are always going to be people better than us at the things we do.

I could always compare myself to people on the other side of the spectrum. I know people who can’t skateboard, play an instrument, or maintain a blog. So I guess being able to do those things is worth celebrating.

Do we really need levels of accomplishment?

Can I just say that I’m a skater, a musician, and a blogger?

I think I can.

I’m not sure being mediocre is bad. Maybe it is better to do things just okay than not doing them at all. I like to think that I am a well-rounded individual. I have lots of skills and hobbies that I enjoy doing. So what if I’m not a super-star skater, runner, or blogger, I don’t need to be. I should just accept my mediocrity and blaze on as if I were a champion.