You know in the winter, when you are bored at home and want to do something fun and hang out with your friend? Sometimes times the best idea is to go ice skating and after go have some boiled wine in some pub and just talk for hours.
Well, it sounds great but ice skating is actually not as easy as it looks like. We`re not going to discuss that now, just to be considered that once you get a hold of it, you`ll remember it forever ( just like riding the bike).
However until you get a hold of it, you will give your friends loads to laugh about :D. Of course you will need to follow some steps, just like any beginner would do. You have to choose the right skates, someone has to show you how to do the first steps, how to move your body and skate correctly and how to be able to stand on the skates, and most important of all how to be safe and take care how you fall.
Once you know this and can stand straight, after a few steps, you realize you can do it and it is not impossible… and then you fall and most probably you will keep on falling several times, in the funniest ways possible. But while your friend laugh at you and have fun, they are all there to help you get up if you need them.
See, I think ice skating is scary because you are afraid of falling and hurting yourself, just like in “real” life.
Everything we do today had to be learned before. Maybe we learned it when we were kids, maybe adolescents or maybe we are beginning it now, thing is that at some point we were beginners. And anything we started (that being piano lessons, riding the bike, cooking or a new business) can be compared to ice skating.
For everything we start doing, we think it`s almost impossible in the beginning. Then we get in the “proper shoes” and we see we can do it, it`s just a matter of exercise, ambition and willingness to actually do it.
After we make the first steps in that business, the first piano lessons or our firs Italian dishes, we make a mistake and fall. And the first fall is not that hard, because your spirit is still enthusiastic about the fact that you are doing it and you started it yourself.
But then you fall again and again and again and you tell yourself: what the hell am I doing here? Ice skating (cooking, biking, piano etc) is not for me, to hell with this shit, I`m gonna have a beer!
Until you argue with yourself and blame you for your stupid idea, your friend finished laughing and are there to pick you up. In that moment you see that you are not alone on the skating rink and definitely not helpless. Then you remember why you went there in the first place, why you did it and how you`ve felt when you started it. And in all these moments you can replace ice skating with your business or new skill or whatever you started doing.
Life will kick you so many times and will let you fall. And dam sure will have a good laugh about it, in your face.
But just like ice skating, you have to know how to get up and keep doing it until it is perfect, until you master cooking or until you can go on and create a new product for your business.
Nothing in life will just happen, you have to make it work! You have to pick yourself up, stand straight and keep on skating, until you master it. It is all up to you, just a matter of wanting to do it or not, wanting to get up and keep doing it or just want to be down and miserable, complaining that life and ice skating is hard and you can`t do it.
So get up and keep on trying, cause life is slippery and tricky but you can surely master it!