The beginning is hard, that’s the point

As a high school journalism teacher I have to convince students that it’s okay to be terrible at first. Journalistic writing is much different than that of the English essay. Students have to write their way out of the darkness. Embrace the challenge, and they’ll emerge. It becomes easy because of the sheer amount of quality reps and application of the method.

As an adult, I don’t go to required classes so any sort of growth is strictly on my own terms. I have to actively seek something new at which I will likely be terrible. This is normal because it’s new. But I’m not sure how normal it is on the whole. It seems that a portion of the population has adopted a whiner or an ease-seeking attitude. What’s the secret? What’s the short cut? How can I get results as soon as possible? How can I skip being terrible and mediocre?
It took me 25 years to pick up a fly rod. When I did, I was so bad I almost quit.
I went to a CrossFit gym and was weak compared to the regulars. Duh.
Now I am average. Blissfully average. There are steelhead experts. There are dudes who lift all of the weights.
That’s not me.

Compared to where I was, thought, I am a pro, and that’s what matters. It’s not about where you stand compared to everyone, it’s that you endured those first days in which you were terrible to revel in the days you feel like a boss.

There will always be people who can catch more fish than me, make longer shots on game animals, lift more weight etc. but I’m only a failure if I quit or don’t even show up.

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