Pain is Part of the Journey
One of my new year’s resolutions is to learn how to longboard. I have had this desire to longboard for a long time. Years have passed and I have kept putting it off.
A few weeks ago, I had a day off and went ahead and bought a longboard. It is awesome! I am really enjoying learning something that is active and new. It makes me feel grateful to be alive.
It must be noted that I am not an awesome longboarder… yet. I have a funny story to share:
While in the skater store looking to buy a longboard I was trying out a few to see if they were the right one. The salesperson suggested one for me. I took one step on it…
Then I brought up my second foot…
…and the board shot out from under me.
I flew into the air…
…into a rack of clothes.
My pride and my elbow injured.
This small injury made me think of the first gigs I played at coffee shops. I was nervous about those gigs. I was not exactly comfortable with the guitar, with my voice, with my songs and everything else that it takes to have a successful gig. I wanted to play music so bad that I was totally content with failure and mistakes. I had much to learn and I could not let fear hold me back.
This reminds me of my experience with snowboarding. I really enjoy snowboarding but I am not good. The first time out snowboarding I had some major falls. I think I might of even had some concussions, but I don’t remember. The point is: I wanted to snowboard so bad, that even though I knew pain from many falls was coming, I went forward with it. I was resolved to take on the pain in order to grow in skill.
I am NOT sadistic. I don’t enjoy failure or pain. I tell these stories because I feel there is a great lesson in this: Don’t let pain and suffering hold you back from pursuing your dreams and goals.
No one is perfect at the first gig. No one makes it down the mountain the first time without a fall. I did not even make it out of the skateboard store without a fall, but now I am enjoying my recreation time on the longboard.
Pain is part of the Journey.