Slightly different from the saying “practice makes perfect,”
is what I like to call knowledge by repetition.
It’s different than acquiring and perfecting a skill.
It’s remembering and retaining and realizing.
It’s the satisfaction of something finally coming with ease, rather than attaining a goal by exertion.
If you’re anything like me—
and I’m sure a ton of other people—
you find yourself frustrated when you can’t get something right the first time around, or when you can’t quite remember how to do it or what to do.
But before we can even attempt to hone a craft, perfect a talent, or deepen our knowledge,
we need to simply know how to do it first.
That foundation, the first and most important step, is the one that we seem to skip over and become impatient with—when it’s the one we need the most.
As I was driving home from work today, I realized I can finally get back to my apartment without a GPS. I remember being so frustrated the first few weeks. Everyday I would challenge myself to start heading home on my own through the streets of LA, get lost, and then have to type the address on my phone again. Why couldn’t I just remember already? It couldn’t be that hard.
After coming down Franklin today and merging onto Cahuenga, a huge smile spread across my face, and I couldn’t help it. I felt like a complete idiot. Who gets happy over the fact that they can finally get home on their own?
Me, I guess.
It’s just so special and fascinating, how we come to know things and pick up on things—people and places and faces and information—and even the most mundane and simple actions.
We have to do it, and do it, and do it.
And then one day,
we’ll just do it.
We’ll just know it.