The following is an entry from Jason Mraz’s now defunct Freshness Factor Five Thousand blog, from circa May 2011.
Yes, exactly what Mraz says! Turns out I’m a beginner in a lot of different ways… and that’s a pretty awesome feeling. Wow. Now, just think of all that’s possible!
A beginner’s mind is a brilliant place to come from. After all, beginners are granted permission to fail. In that sense, it’s not uncommon for beginners to have more fun.
I have the word beginner tattooed in cursive on my right arm. I almost wish it were tattooed across my face so I could remember to breathe when I feel like I don’t have it all together. Oh yea, I’m a beginner at writing 4th albums. I’m a beginner at intimate relationships!
I didn’t start surfing until I was 28. It was with a beginner’s mind that I excelled, not taking flopping around in the water as a sign of weakness. Instead, all that flopping made me more buoyant and a much better surfer.
I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 18. During those awkward college years I could’ve quit as other boys my age already had bands and tight jams. I knew as a beginner I had permission to suck and that eventually I’d rock. And now I do.
So remember this. We are all beginners. We haven’t done this before. You haven’t been you on this day before. I haven’t been someone’s solid rock before. I haven’t been me at 33 before. Each day is new and we’re all allowed to fall down as often as we need to. It is through these mistakes and fumbles that we’ll likely get it right next time.
**Edited Nov. 6, 2011: You can still find archives of Mraz’s Freshness Factor Five Thousand posts if you search around. I found them by subscribing to his feed on Blogger, then feedly. Also you can read them on the RKOP discussion boards.
Right now I’m enjoying reading Mraz’s latest journal writing on his official website.
I love reading Mraz’s posts. They are truly well-written, inspiring, personal, creative and funny. He’s one of my favorite writers of both lyrics and personal essay/blog prose–so I’m kinda happy he can’t seem to stay away from writing!