Sunday, December 5, 2010
One step at a time
First, I thought about how amazing it is that babies just do what they need to do—how innate it is. No one really tells him he’s supposed to walk now. He could still crawl to get from point A to point B. But now, he stands, takes a few steps, and isn’t afraid to fall. And he does fall. A lot. But he’s not afraid to fail—and doesn’t even know what failure is. And he just keeps doing it until he gets it right, and moves on to the next thing.
Second, it’s funny to see how hard it is for him to walk. To think about how long I’ve been walking—I’m pretty good at it now. But at some point it was hard for me too—arms flailing about, not sure how to get one foot in front of the other, then a crash landing. We walk all the time without even thinking about it. Everything is hard before it is easy.
Somewhere along the line, we learn fear of failure and that we don’t really have to do things if they just seem too hard. I guess it’s a good thing as babies we didn’t know these things because we never would have taken our first steps.