Fitness is a scholarly activity. You don’t start off your career with a senior-level title, the ability to effectively convey emotion or information, or the psychological wherewithal to cut issues “off at the pass” before they become bigger in any career. Why, then, do we assume we can magically become fit? Maybe it’s because we assume studying for months and years is only for college and careers? What if we, similarly, studied our physical health?
It starts with a goal.
“You could do some research into how to write tests for Unity and then pair program it out with him.” I’ve had a life-long aversion to programming. It’s always just been too difficult for me to understand. Until now. I wonder if it might have just been a lack of three things: applicability toward an actual situation where I could learn [Keyboard Kommander], learning tools [Unity tutorials], and mentors [the team]?
Same for fitness.
Throughout compulsory education, I also had an aversion to physical fitness, because the situation, tools, and mentors were not nurturing. It’s weird to phrase like that, but that’s the truth. It took until one gig where I found an applicability [poor physical health, specifically, becoming out of breath twice at a desk job], tools [gym membership discounts], and mentoring [personal trainer] where I learned the skills I still use today.
That’s why it’s not an overnight thing.
Some people might have more advantages when it comes to programming, fitness, or anything else really. Those with more patience, practice with mathematics/logic, or persistence might pick up programming “quicker,” just like those in good health can maintain their health better than those who aren’t. The people in better physical health or with programming skills are not better people than those who aren’t in either camp.
We all have mountains to climb.
Or, maybe, more aptly, we all have more skills we can learn. Is there a person that is in the best physical shape in the world or the world’s top programmer? By what metrics? Certain metrics can be measured: you can have a team of the best athletes or the best programming team can win a competition. Even that is limited to certain sporting genres or team limitations. How about good or bad teammates? Coaches/leads? Other conditions?
Maybe that’s what limits some of us?
We see where we are, compare ourselves to the best in a field, and give up “while we’re still ahead.” That’s the safe option. But it’s the unfulfilled option, too, one where the fruits of our potential yield can’t grow, and where we are stuck in ruts. It’s uncomfortable to fail, perhaps less so than learning, but there are certain advantages to knowing what fuels your body, so when you need it, you can focus your diet on certain factors.
Carbs, proteins, and fats.
Just like learning to program or lay bricks, there are learning curves, advances, shortcomings, and everything on the path toward better health, better abilities, or better skills.
|Quotes:  William, lead programmer and designer of Keyboard Kommander, on learning programming.|
|Sources: My fitness experiences.|
|Inspirations: My knowledge of programming was at 0% my entire life. It was/is an uphill battle. Now I can safely say that my understanding of programming – if 100% is some sort of mastery that is possible but might be professional-level – is now at 1%. If getting your foot in the door is the first step toward mastery, then my foot is nearly through that door!|
|Related: Past weekly column entries.|
|Picture: Generic photo to save time.|
|Written On: September 7th [1 hour]|
|Last Edited: September 20th [5 minutes] – Other than editing the title to include 227.5 [pounds], or, down three pounds from last week!|