For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. – Aristotle
I am mostly writing this here as a reminder to myself.
How did we learn how to walk? By taking a step, struggling, adapting, and then trying again.
And again and again.
Bit by bit.
Learning takes practise, and practise takes courage. The courage to let go of who you were, before you learned.
This is so easy to forget, but it’s still the way it works.
Language needs to be spoken, movements need to be felt. Dances need to be danced.
I will come back to this blog post to re-read during the coming days (and weeks!), for extra courage, as I will be learning to do things that I cannot do yet, by doing them anyway.
PS: For the curious amongst you, the things I will be (hopefully) learning how to do in the next 5 weeks are:
- self-defense sequences for our black belt(!) test
- a spinning hook kick, capable of breaking a board
- dancing to a live music version of Warda’s beautiful ‘Batwanes Beek’ (I’ve never danced to it, even though I know and love the song, so I’m practising doing just that, in the costume pictured below)
- hosting a hafla (I have done this before, but I still don’t feel like I know how to do it ?)
- dancing 5 different choreographies… on pointes(!)
What things are you learning how to do – while doing them?
Do the thing!