It’s ok to take time to learn. We live in a world that makes it hard to just be like, “Oh, I need to do more research on that before I make a choice in the matter.” There’s a lot I don’t understand that’s going on these days and there are some topics I don’t even know where to start to become more informed about them. There’s always so much more for me to learn and so many shifts in perspectives for me to experience. I’m ok with saying I gotta go do some more research but sometimes it’s scary for me to say that. Sometimes I feel like people scoff and expect me to have known it all ahead of time.
To get more personal, I just stepped into the non profit world and it is a ton of new information. A ton. And the amount of layers to the entire thing can make me feel so small. Thankfully there’s also a lot of meetups and there’s even nonprofits that help nonprofits thrive. So I sign up for everything I can show up to. I take advice and try my best to understand everything coming my way. But the point is I don’t know everything. I can’t know it all. And I’m literally not supposed to know it all because we are supposed to be run by a board. To be completely honest, it’s scary to be in this whole new world and have to rely on outside support to see success.
So I’m reminding myself and anyone else who’ll listen, it’s ok to not know. It’s ok to sign up for all the extra help classes and ask people what they think or if they have time to share some wisdom over coffee. Some people aren’t going to have time to support you in your endeavors and that’s ok. We are all out here literally trying to survive. But I can tell you, some people are going to show up. They are going to take time out of their busy lives and they are going to share their wisdom with you. And it’s a wonderful thing how valuable their wisdom and support becomes when you’re the new kid on the block.
I’d like to wrap this up by reminding my future self that people won’t know it all especially when they’re starting out. Future Ms. Saschia Jayne Johnson, make sure you find time to be the one who shares, cares, and shows up. You’re kindness might be their only bridge to success.