Fall down intentionally

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We had circled the ice twice. Hadn’t fallen yet, just wobbled about in the way beginners do.

Mel stopped. She flopped down. “Might as well get it over with,” she said.

Sounded like a great idea, so I did.

Skating got a lot easier after that.

Fall down intentionally. Get your fear out, then go.

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9 responses to “Fall down intentionally”

  1. Brian Egan says:

    Haha, great post. Totally reminds me of my old hockey practice days. One of the first things they had me do when I was a kid once I had all of my pads on is to skate back and forth flopping all over the ice on your belly, gluteus maximus, knees, elbows. Probably one of the best ways to begin learning anything — by realizing failure isn’t painful, but actually a bit fun!

  2. Sacha Chua says:

    What a great idea! =) You know, it would be good to use that idea in brainstorming, too: getting lots of crazy ideas out…

  3. Esther says:

    Think you may like the lyrics to Fall Down Learning – see http://www.thelongwalk.info.

    Lyrics available in a PDF under ‘Downloads'; you can hear it performed under ‘Music’.

    Credit for the words is to Lemn Sissay http://www.lemnsissay.com.

  4. Sacha Chua says:

    Indeed! Good stuff to think about, particularly for introverts.

    The way I deal with conversations with strangers is to assume we’re already friends. (This was surprisingly useful in improv classes, too, as assumptions can really move a scene along!)

  5. Esther says:

    Good strategy.

    Made me think of when I’m working with people preparing for job interviews – I remind them they’re going along to meet their new colleagues (not a firing squad!!)

  6. Minna says:

    I remember my mom – encouraging my son, when he was learning how to skate, “Think like about Bambi … he really enjoyed falling down … and did Thumber … ” and when the fear of falling down, was changed into idea of funny falling … it was far easier to learn …

  7. Sacha Chua says:

    Glad you liked it, and thanks for sharing it with your Twitter friends! =)

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