When I worked at Rabobank I picked up juggling. Not just at home during the time I was working at the bank. I picked up juggling while physically at the bank.
I’m fairly sensitive to wrist-aches due to too much computer time. And at the bank I worked with the computer a lot. So, I had to take regular breaks. Of course, it’s possible to get coffee and tea for everybody (which I did a lot), but that still leaves quite some time. So, why not get some light exercise? And juggling was perfect for that.Recently I picked up my balls again (actually I had to order new ones as my old balls were property of Rabobank).
The old skills came back fairly quickly and the patterns that I was able to do before returned with a bit of practice.
At which time it was obvious that I needed to push it further, to learn something new.
Let the frustration begin!
The patterns I was able to do before were deeply engrained in my motor memory. New patterns make a bit of use of that (general eye-hand coordination), but there is still a lot to pay attention to when there are three (or even four) balls flying through the air in what seems like random trajectories.
Until very slowly I’m now getting a bit better again. Slightly better able to predict where my balls are going. Slightly better able to give them a correct aim in the first place. Slightly better at having my hands at exactly the right spot.
I’m still dropping them more often than I catch them though.
Which brings me to a saying I really like: “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not learning anything new.” If you’re not dropping your balls, then you are already able to do it and you’re not being challenged. And life without a bit of challenge is very dull indeed.
Mistakes are a frustrating but very necessary part of growth.
Let’s make more mistakes!