Recently I got serious about learning Japanese and started learning how to read and write hiragana (the easiest alphabet they have, which is taught to children).
Then the other night, we went out to eat at my favorite Japanese restaurant. I took my book with me to show Hiroshi, one of the owners, how I was doing with my studies. I also asked him a grammar question, so he grabbed a pen and wrote down a word…
…in a split second.
I didn’t even see the pen move.
I wrote the same word on the same piece of paper. Look at my 6 year old inner child shine below:
That’s when it hit me – I can write the same word in english in a split second as well, it’s the new alphabet that makes it so hard!
…wait a second. New.. alphabet? Isn’t that what painting is?
When you’re painting, you’re not just making random brush strokes and magically creating a fantastic art piece.
You’re learning fundamentals, doing studies, searching for reference, actually thinking… Of course you won’t just wave your brush around and poof! There’s a whole process you have to go through!
Now please pause for a second and remember what it felt like when you first learned to write some new letters. Or that day when you could finally read the boards at the supermarket (my mom couldn’t stand me anymore…)
Remember how you used to read out loud? Wasn’t it hard…
Slow is part of the process. Be patient with yourself and take the time to learn and practice.
Speed Is Overrated…
In a World where we focus only on the results, speed is often seen as the only means to an end.
What do you think?
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