I have used this term a million times as teacher. My recent journey in a digital photography class reminded me, I still need a lot of this practice in my own life. I studied photography for years in high school and into college before finally getting my degree in Jewelry design. ( yes, that is a real degree :) I expected this class to be a refresher of sorts, but a refresher in photography, not in humility.
I went to class with a fancy new camera and a lot of confidence. That didn't last long. It seems that at some point in those decades during which I was raising kids, cameras became computers. I now have to down load apps onto my camera? Changing exposure was no longer a simple matter of turning a dial, now I had to find a setting in a menu with a dizzying array of options. It was not going well.
My ego did not take this well. In my mind I knew how to work a camera . Okay, the camera I knew how to use would be a canon AE1 fully manual SLR camera . ( They stopped making those in 1984 to give you some idea long ago that was )
This is when I have to take my yoga off the mat and into my life. That's the journey, that's life teaching us what we need to know.
Let this be a gentle reminder that the next time you find yourself frustrated, take a step back and give yourself the permission to not be perfect. Allow that you do not have to know everything. Enjoy the process. Be a Beginner again.
( Here are shots from week 1 of the class, making friends with my camera )