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Today, I want to talk to other mages who intentionally choose the hard path.
As I wrote Monday’s post (about reactivating psychic intuitions), I started to write about the debugging involved, but I kept flinching away. I just didn’t want to talk about the problems I’d had to fix, even though that’s the most useful part for readers learning my style.
The basic reason was simple: No one else talks about these problems, at least not publicly, and I feel inferior for having them. Even though I solved them, I felt like I shouldn’t have had them in the first place.
Initially, I thought it was a matter of comparing my insides to someone else’s outsides. I mean, if I didn’t tell you about these problems, you wouldn’t know about them, right? So maybe other folks have the same problems but just don’t share.
That definitely happens, but it wasn’t what happened here. Because I realized, other mages don’t have these problems. At least, not the ones I was imagining and comparing myself to. But there’s a very good reason:
I intentionally chose the hard path.
That’s right. I said, “Let’s do this the hard way. The way with more problems, because I’ll learn more by solving them, and wind up with a more flexible technique that I can use to build even better techniques later. Yay for the hard way.”
And then, after winning, I felt bad for having had those problems.
The hard path is supposed to be hard. But sometimes, you forget. Something to watch out for.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.