“Don’t wish to be normal. Wish to be yourself. To the hilt. Find out what you’re best at, and develop it, and hopscotch your weaknesses. Wish to be great at whatever you are.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, Labyrinth
I have to admit, I have never seen this quote before. This is what it means to me…it is so analogous. Think about it. Just like playing hopscotch, you throw that rock on your weakness and you hop right on over and continue the game. A bit later in the game, you put the rock on another square~skip over a different weakness. If you only focus on the weakness (or the square where the stone is) ~ you get nervous and make a mistake and your turn is over. We cannot let our weaknesses drag us down! Everyone has them, everyone is working on them, but the GAME is the point, not the weakness! Oh, I so remember how much fun I had in the springtime playing that game. Hopscotching your weaknesses sounds so very lovely. I think through what we read and write, we do develop our gifts and talents. We reach out~we connect.
I don’t mean we connect like in playing Red Rover. In that game one person is picked to run at the chain of people and try to break through. I mean like Pom-Pom Pullaway. In that game one person starts out as It and stands in the middle. (S)he calls out pom pom pullaway and everyone runs across the field trying to avoid capture. Each captured person joins the person who was it on the next round. Play continues for as many rounds as it takes until everyone is in the middle. Last one caught is “it” the next round. Back to other springtime games.
It is springtime in the Midwest (but it has been hotter than the hinges of you know where here!) Anyway, when I was growing up in the Midwest, springtime meant playing hopscotch and jacks. I always had my jacks in my pocket, and was always ready to play hopscotch. It was the most fun to play hopscotch with a bunch of other girls. that would entail a lot of square skipping, didn’t it? Do you remember what those things looked like? Aww–take a look, you know you miss it! Wouldn’t it be fun to break out the chalk, rocks, jacks and ball one more time?