Saturday, June 11, 2011

Just Do It

My daughter has never bothered getting her driver's license: she's an urban girl, living in flats on crowded streets and working in shops on other crowded streets and going to theatres on still other crowded streets. Up until now, a car would have been more of a liability than an asset, and more expensive to run and maintain than public transport, so she has remained licenseless. Now she has a new job, which requires a license . She will leave for her new post in  a country where they drive on the other side of the road, in August sometime, so between now and then she will have to acquire the appropriate bit of plastic. Which means one thing: she will have to learn to drive, and there's only one way to learn to drive, and that's by driving. So, she'll come back to Dunedin for a while and it will be white knuckle time for me in the passenger seat of the Honda at every conceivable opportunity. There is no alternative. You learn ONLY by doing. Practice makes perfect.

Like meditation. You can read all the books you want, discuss all the theories, make  meditation diaries, buy stools and mats, light candles and accumulate resources til the cows come home, have their dinner, put on their jimjams and watch a bit of telly before bed but you will learn nothing until you actually do it. Nothing. Not a darned thing. In fact making all the preparation but not doing it might even be counter productive by allowing you to fool yourself that by accumulating the the external fripperies you have actually achieved something, and even that you are some kind of expert. There is no alternative. You learn ONLY by doing. Practice makes perfect

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