In praise of praise

Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash

Don’t go chasing rainbows. My mother would say. What if it doesn’t work out? Then you’ll be disappointed. What if people laugh? What if you end up with egg on your face? What if you try your heart out and you fail?

My dear old dad, on the other hand, encouraged me to have a crack.

I remember the day when I was about 22. He brought out a large grey ring binder, with my name written in black marker along the spine. And presented it to me. The folder held a collection of all my achievements thus far.

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