I have a weird relationship with habits and discipline. I never learn. I know, but I don’t really know. I often remember my wife reading a book I recommended to her and going, “You know all this? You don’t act like it.” Do I really know if I don’t act on that knowledge? That might be worse than not knowing. In a way, I am betraying myself — thinking one thing (I should do this) and doing the opposite (not doing the thing).
I related to this so much! I find I have also let myself slide into passivity as of late. It's just so easy to not. But life is in the doing. You have inspired me to pick up my yoga mat and move.
I totally agree with you about starting something and one you do then the resources you need will enter your life just when you need them.
Great piece Shime.
I always find myself nodding along in agreement when I read your writing and this time was no exception.
Here’s a few things you made me think:
I have always been fascinated by the gap between knowledge and wisdom.
And these days I feel that in one sense knowledge is knowing what you should do and wisdom is doing it.
I liked the way you connected the Chesterton quote to cycling. I feel the same way about walking.
The city I see when I drive through it, is vastly different to the city I see when I walk it thought it.
And I really related to your experience of having to go it alone, if you want to do something. I have been seriously skateboarding for more than 20 years and in that time I have had so many groups of friends stop skating and I found other groups and then they’ve stopped. Eventually, I realised if I want to keep skating indefinitely - there will just be a bunch of times I have to go alone.
And nowadays, I actually like going for solo skates it’s somewhat meditative.
"I have always been fascinated by the gap between knowledge and wisdom.
And these days I feel that in one sense knowledge is knowing what you should do and wisdom is doing it."
Well said Michael, I completely agree. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this, you are too kind.