Don’t be afraid to look silly.
Silliness is a word that I struggle with a lot. Growing up, silliness, immaturity and irresponsibility were all hand-in-hand negative things. Being silly was not encouraged or tolerated, especially as I got older. But looking back, silliness is courage to try something different with the humility to recognize it isn’t for everyone. Silliness is experimentation. Silliness is pushing boundaries of the norm.
To me, silliness is the gateway to creativity. It was probably silliness that led the pop singer to dance and sing before they knew how. It was probably silliness that led the professional comedian to entertaining.
Silliness isn’t a bad thing. Maybe silliness lets you unlock that foreign mouth position that gets you the accurate pronunciation you were looking for.