We never stop learning
Not too long ago I was fascinated to read an interview with Keith Richards in which he was asked the question, ďDo you get bored just playing the same song, like a ďJumping Jack FlashĒ, over and over again?Ē And itís an interesting question, because when you think about it, itís a song thatís a zillion years old and one that he must have played a million times. But although it was a good question, his response to the reporter was even better, ďNo, because Iím still learning it, I still donít know how to play it although you might not perceive it when Iím on stage, but every time Iím playing it Iím playing it slightly different to the last time.Ē
As soon as I read this I immediately thought of the martial arts and how we donít want to be like robots in our techniques, rather we always want be in the moment, to always be conscious of letting it flow, even though we might be proficient in what we do, weíre still students and are still learning. We should never be bored with what weíre really passionate about, because each moment is going to be different and our expression at that moment is also going to be different. Itís going to give you a different passion and thatís whatís great, and thatís what keeps us alive.
It truly is all about the journey and not the finding, and thatís what Keith Richards was talking about, meaning itís not about him saying that he canít do anything more with the song ďJumping Jack FlashĒ, rather itís about the journey. Heís always on the journey with that one song, let alone all the others. It might only take a day to record the song in the studio but the rest of it is searching it out and perfecting it. Furthermore, heís almost saying he hopes he never perfects it because then he wonít want to play it ever again.
Itís the same with the martial arts, with karate for example, we should always be on that path of striving to do it better, not being able to say now that Iíve perfected it I donít need to do it anymore. And this applies to anything we might do, in our careers, in our private and personal lives, because we should always be seeking to learn even if weíre an expert. Thereís always something new out there. Itís all about bodies in motion and that anything that stays still long enough is probably dead. If a leaf doesnít change its colour then itís probably dead and the tree wonít grow, and neither will we. This is why the journey is so important and not the destination; itís what we learn and who we meet along the way. If weíre always on the journey finding new and exciting things that weíve never found before then youíre always in motion, youíre always searching, youíre always alive. The same can be said of achieving goals and then achieving other goals. Thatís what life is all about, thatís why the goal posts are always moved because itís always about continuing and changing goals, it always about the journey, and that is also what the human race is all about. The human race doesnít stop moving and neither should we.
To learn is to grow. Our journey is still ongoing and I hope it never ends as there is so much more for us to know, so much more for all of us to grow and experience. So much more to be in the moment, and sometimes it does take being introspective and looking back at your life, recalling incidents and moments, and seeing that there are lessons to be learned. But by doing this, are senses can be more heightened and more open to receiving the knowledge that is all around us in the most likely and unlikeliest of places and people. The hindsight of those past moments can give us far more richness in each moment yet to come and then we will be more in the moment and not so much in hindsight.
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