Firstly, you are a beginner. Recognizing, and accepting the fact that you are a beginner, and taking some time to ingest what that means, is the first order of business. You won’t be as good as everyone else, you might feel out of place, you might feel judged or inferior. Bear with me. Your ability to observe and overcome the battle in your head between those feelings, and who you want to be, will determine how long you last.
If this is not properly addressed, your desire and ability to carry on at whatever you started, will never truly develop and manifest itself. Why? Because you will associate the aforementioned feelings that can come with being a beginner, with disliking whatever it is that you start, and this negative feedback loop will occur over and over again. This very pattern might stop you from further exploring a particular skill or discipline that could have otherwise fulfilled you, and brought you great amounts of insights and happiness.
So let me propose a different perspective. The real delight in taking on a new journey, is having something to look forward to. Think of a time when you were so engaged in reading a book, that you couldn't wait for the next opportunity to open it up and dig all of your attention into it. This is, the beginners journey. But then, the book must finish. When most people achieve certain benchmarks they have set out to attain, they often find themselves peering over the other side of the wall with a desolate look in their eyes, gazing at the empty abyss of "success". And the question that immediately follows is usually: “Well, what next?” "What next" Is the more positive pattern that allows you to re-enter the process of learning something new and rekindling that feeling of excitement akin to reading our book. Which, I argue is actually the best part.
The good thing is, that It doesn't matter where along the journey it is that you find yourself setting a new checkpoint. The triumph comes in actually having checkpoints in the first place. That's not to take anything away from the end goal, because there are many instances where reaching an end goal is hugely beneficial. The point is, not to stop yourself from even starting.
So get your foot in the door, I don't care if it's Handstands, Dance, Movement or Basket Weaving. Don't let up until you've given yourself a real chance to feel what different disciplines have to offer. You will not regret it.
For those of you that ask me about Movement Training, there's plenty going on in London that's beginner friendly, so get yourself out there.
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Writing by @farid_herrera - 2018
Movement Teacher and practitioner.