My sister in law once bought me a mug that I loved. Partly because it was a Rob Ryan mug. I love the combination of whimsy and melancholy that seems to run through his beautifully created paper cuts and so this was a treat. But the other reason I loved it was because of the words written on it:
Believe in People.
And I do. It might sound incredibly naive, and I’m not a Pollyanna character whose unrelenting optimism doesn’t acknowledge the presence of Very Bad Things in our world. I know they exist. But overwhelmingly, I believe that people are good. Most of us are just trying to muddle our way through this life to the best of our abilities, making decisions, taking risks (or choosing not to) and just getting on with it. Its the reason that, unless you do something dreadful to prove me wrong, I’ll always be your friend.
It’s also the reason I’ll always be your cheerleader. Not in the sense that I’m going to get some pompoms and create a bespoke chant for you all, as fun as that sounds, but in the sense that if you’ve got an idea, a plan, a project, I’ll cheer you on. No matter how worried you are that it might seem like a pipe dream. We all need someone to believe in us, and I believe in you. And you. All of you, in fact.
I’v recently found myself in that situation. I’ve started a project. Hell, I’m always starting projects. I’ve got as far as writing the title of it at the top of a piece of A4, and scribbling copious notes in a brand new and especially purchased notebook (isn’t new stationery the best thing?) I’ve also had chats in coffee shops. All very exciting. Usually, when I start something new, it’s alone. This time I have cheerleaders. A team. People who I have approached to cheer me on, be in my gang and make it happen. And they’ve all said yes. You have no idea how much joy this brings me. It also brings fear – as it’s moved from something that just exists in my head, to being something that other people are invested in. But, I’m concentrating on the joy right now.
So, if you’ve a project, an idea, something you want to make happen, I’ll be your cheerleader. I believe in you.