18/30 Things Before Leaving 30: Beginner’s Chair

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Last night, I was thinking of that time when we tried clay pottery in Ilocos, way back 2016. It was a fun experience but also messy and somehow frustrating.

I never liked the idea of sitting on a beginner’s chair. I don’t have the patience to observe, no wonder I always skip tutorials in every single game I choose to play because where’s the fun in that? I can’t wait to get started right away. I haven’t thought much about this, until now. I realized that yes, I am not comfortable being on a beginner’s chair. And that’s kind of a hard pill to swallow.

I know by concept that sitting on a beginner’s chair requires having a beginner’s mindset as well. And that’s not easy for me. Because who gets happy knowing that they’re bad at something? In my younger years, I’ve believed in a self-made lie that whatever set of skills I have in my teenage years would be enough for me to do everything I want to do in my 20s. But life taught me different. That idea only led me to frustration several times, and it’s something that I want to leave as I approach my full-on 30s journey. Because you can never sit on a beginner’s chair and think like an expert. It will drive you crazy.

There was a study that the average shelf-life of a skill is only less than 5 years because everything around us changes. It’s a fact that is oftentimes overlooked. Simply put, the modern world is constantly evolving so we need to keep up. The ones who survive in this world are no longer the strongest, but the ones who are capable to adapt to change. Especially now as we enter this “new normal” in our lives. Change always entails beginnings, thus constantly sitting on a beginner’s chair.

There are many things that I need to learn, re-learn and unlearn. And I want to add embracing sitting on a beginner’s chair in my constant re-learning list. The idea still scares me a bit, but beginnings are always better than endings right?

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