reply to post by caitlinfae
Yeah, I love that 'act as if' technique.
I do it all the time.
Back in the '80s, I decided I wanted to be a runner. Well, I've got NO talent in running. Zero. But what I did was pull on the cloak of all things
I bought the running togs and shoes, put copies of "Runner's World' on the coffee table, started entering 10K races (more like fun runs), and
slowly over the course of a year transformed myself.
Now, don't get me wrong, I totally sucked and still do. I'm not a small thin whippet type and the best I can do is run in the pack...and when I say
'run' I mean 'jog' at 7-8 min/mile.
But later I went on to run three 10 milers and even a self-timed half-marathon (13.1 miles). LOL, it was hysterical, because though I ran it by myself
with my SO as a cheerleader, we went out and my SO bought me a t-shirt.
This time I wanted to become a bike rider. Well I'm about the worst bike rider ever, and barely can get 20mph on the flats (18.3 over 10 miles), but
I bought the jerseys and the bib tights and the shoes with cleats and learned how to ride a professional racing bike (it took me two years of riding
every day.) Now, at least I LOOK like a pro rider, hahahaha, even if I suck.
It's something I call 'immersion', and for me, it's primarily sports-based, but I've done it with music too.
Point being, you don't have to be good, you just have to look good. (seriously). Why? Because along the way I got a lot out of it and totally
re-invented myself. I met some new friends and even met one of my old HS buddies at the first 10 miler I did. He was amazed, since he was a track star
and I was a musician.
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