In 2003, during my senior high year, I learned a life lesson I’ll never forget.
My classmates and I were a few days away from a cheer dance competition. I was one of the “lifters” (bases), but at some point, the bases also need to dance. I don’t mind doing exercise-type dance moves.
But when we were being taught a comical dance routine, I had a rough time.
I struggled because it didn’t fit the (tough, manly) self-image I had back then.
So I resisted. I made excuses, explaining that it’s so hard — that I can’t do it. I became a pain in the *ss at that point.
Our class president, who was starting to get frustrated, approached me and told me straight in the face (in Filipino):
“Lahat ng bagay natututunan! (Everything is learnable!)”.
At first, I had a hard time hearing it, but as time went on, those words continued to stick with me. And to this day, whenever I try to learn something new (knowledge or skills) I think about that moment often.
So, if you find yourself making excuses, just remember:
Everything is Learnable.