i was sitting in class today when my professor said the discovery of the americas had changed the world.
and the funny thing, i thought to myself, as i thought about that, was columbus was wrong.
he said by sailing 5000 miles to the east, he’d reach asia. a tiny little island, inhabited by taino islands and later called hispaniola, got in the way. never mind the fact that right behind it stood the american continents. so not only did columbus not reach the americas, but he underestimated, by less than half the actual distance, how far away asia was.
i took this away from it: you don’t have to be right to change the world.
you don’t have to have all the answers.
you don’t have to know how to phrase them just so.
you don’t even have to know exactly what the questions are.
we talked about how writing takes courage, but i didn’t tell you the courage undergirds a leap of faith. and i apologize in advance for not warning you that jumping off cliffs would be a requirement of this 31 days series, but it is.
nothing you write is going to be perfect. nothing. so instead of worrying about making sure you’ve written all your cursive capital Is and Qs properly, i challenge you to just write something real. and i can already tell you that’s not going to fit the idea of correct in a lot of ways, but we weren’t put here to be correct.
we were put here to change the world. and we’re meant to do that by walking in authentic community, the kind Jesus modeled for us when he walked this earth.
i refuse to capitalize in blog posts, tweets, and nearly all personal and informal email correspondence because it’s my way of cultivating authenticity in my writing and in myself. that’s grammatically incorrect, but it’s authentic, and it’s the latter we’re after.
so here’s to being wrong.
and here’s to changing the world.
want to read more about changing the world? Emily is writing a beautiful series on a grace that changes everything. i know you’ll love it.