Practice makes perfect

Ive taught a handful of folks how to drive a stick shift. The most recent person was a dude I mentored through high school. When someone learns to drive shift, you can almost see the wheels turning in their head on what to do: Slowly release the clutch and apply a soft smooth touch of fuel, but not too much, or too little, and dont release the clutch too fast or Driving stick can be a slow learn for some folks, but if they have desire enough, theyll keep at it, and the mind work will become second nature to the point where its unrecognizable to them or anyone watching them drive. Indeed the fundamental driving steps taken one by one in the mind and the body happen at once after youve driven for only a number of weeks.

Have I learned to run my cell phone? Yes. Does my cell phone offer me more than what I ask of it? Yes. Could I learn to use the extra features it offers? Yes. Do I want to? No. But I could, because I have half a brain.

Youve met folks who are experts at something, weaving maybe, or running a sawmill, whove told their tale of how when they started they couldnt do even the most simple tasks to make their machines run at all, let alone smoothly. But even with complicated machines like huge planers or complex weaving machines, time put in with a spit of desire theyll tell you, was all it took before they were pros.

I started flossing two years ago and when I did, I stunk at it. You wouldnt think theres much to it, but flossing can be done well, or poorly. When I first started, the floss would fray on the way up from between my teeth, and the little food bits would often not even come up with it. But now after many runs of flossing, I know how to hold the floss at just the right tension so'z that I can go down in there, and lift up a speck of peanut lodged atwix my molars without even thinking about it.

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