In this day and age the technology is faster than ever. And you want to achieve even more things quickly.
Quick being the underlined word. From the people who want to bring out a change to learn something new or get loads of money. Everyone is trapped under the illusion of quickness.
But reality is quite the contrary. Everything that is worth it takes a lot of time, effort and discipline. So it is true that you can be lucky and do something in the one shot. But truly learning something in the one go isn’t possible.
The Near Death Experience
My small brother rode motorcycle quite well. And I thought that maybe I can learn from him how to ride. So one day, I asked him to ride me around, give some basics and let me drive it.
I was thrilled. Riding a beast on your own is the best feeling ever. But I was little scared too. What if I couldn’t learn and look like a loser. Or how would I look like learning when people younger my age rode bikes well. Did I miss something by not learning it young enough…
Well time had come and I will get most of my answers.
So my brother took me and taught me the basics. The accelerator on the right hand side, gear on the left foot side, break on the right foot side. I nodded. He told me the idea that the balance is the most important thing.
Hmm…I was feeling it. The wind suddenly felt against my skin. And I was going to crush it.
The first time around the block, he rode the motorbike and I was seated behind. He nodded and told me try it with minimum speed.
I gave the accelerator and there went the motorbike with the a high speed for first time rider. It felt magical. I could drove the bike with no problem. He told me to go home so we can practice next day and keep that pace.
But I hesitated. Why should I wait? I already drove the bike to a good distance.
So I dared to drove a little more to prove my point. My brother advised against it. I rode it like a boss. And then came the halt. I applied the break but the bike went faster. I went in panic and boom. The accident happened. The bike hit the stationary car. No one got hurt bad. But it was enough to put a break to my next attempt.
I almost died that day. If a moving car would have hit me then I would have not be here. The fate could be otherwise.
2 things to learn
- You can’t learn something of complexity in a day
- Pushing yourself to do it is a foolish thing
First Day At Swimming
After turning 25, I remember my first day at swimming. I was one of the older guys and I could see kids swim and do crazier things.
And here I was trying to do something for the first time ever.
It was terrifying. But I ended up mimicking a fellow swimmer. She was practicing to be float on water. For the life of me, I couldn’t do it. But I was trying everything to use the time.
There was no death risk because I was in a 3 feet water. Apparently, if you don’t know swimming that’s the pool you have to go. So I was there with this only girl who was way ahead than me. And I used to look at the bigger pool – dreaming of the time when I will swim along with them.
I was excited as hell to be in there. So I stayed there for 2 batches. And I was enjoying my time.
Later I learnt that it isn’t the time you put, it is the discipline of coming daily. So yeah, my first day was nothing of great learning except it is okay to be childish. It is okay to be fearful. But do get excited.
Do something that will put you in the mood to come again the next day. Because I can tell you one thing – it is going to be a long journey. And we need a great start from you.
I am counting on you. Let’s do this.