I’m afraid of what I don’t know.
Sometimes what I don’t know makes me feel anxious, insecure, even nauseated. My fear of what I don’t know makes me feel like I can’t ask questions because they sound silly, or they make me seem small. And it really eats me up when deep down I know I should ask but remain silent in an effort to keep from looking like “that” person.
Maybe you’ve had this same thought once before. Well, I’m here to say, “Enough!” There comes a time when we as professionals in the world of early care and education need to stand up for ourselves. There is A LOT of information to soak up. It doesn’t help that research is really booming in our chosen field. Every day there’s something new to challenge the way we do our work.
So, why can’t we ‘not know’? What’s wrong with admitting that we don’t know something? Every one of us is in a different spot on the continuum of knowledge. Those that have experience can help those that don’t. Likewise, those with less experience might actually have fresh eyes through which to see. We can all learn from one another and we should all support one another in gaining as many tools and resources as we can. Because let’s be honest, our work is challenging.
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. So long as you’re committed to learning, it’s okay to not have an answer to everything. Knowing how to find that answer is more important. Professional growth happens when you put yourself out there, struggle and learn how to turn that challenging moment into something positive and remarkable. You never know, you may just help someone else along the way.