~This is the fourteenth post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.~
I think it’s important to remember failures as much as successes. Focusing on failure is frustrating and depressing, but in the midst of success, it’s easy to forget how difficult it is to master new skills. As adults, I think this tendency can really hinder our learning. We forget how hard learning can be and we’re afraid of looking stupid, so when we’re just starting out, we get overly concerned about not being good at the thing we’re learning.
Some things come easily, but I’ve found that the things I’ve done really well – not just kinda sorta ok, but things I’ve learned to excel at – have required a lot of messing up. Sometimes it’s because I’ve made a mistake. Sometimes it’s poor instructions. And sometimes…it’s just bad.
And sometimes it’s all bass-ackwards and it starts out good and then gets worse before it gets better. Beginners luck, the most frustrating luck of all for someone who wants to progress from beginner to master.
The challah in the photo above was bad. I haven’t made it again, so I’m not sure if it was something I did (or didn’t do) or if it was the recipe. Or if it was just one of those bad loaves of bread. But I wanted to put it up here to remind myself that learning how to do it well means there will be lots of times it’s not done well. And that I should be glad that this one was bad, because that’s one more bad loaf out of the way and one step closer to delicious.