These days, it’s mind-blowing to think of how much we can get done in a short amount of time. Some of you reading this remember a time when you actually had to sit by a radio and wait to hear the songs you liked. Or you’d have to leave the house, drive to the store, and buy the album (assuming it was in stock).
I’ve made reference to some of this in a previous blog post, but with the internet, you can find the one song you want and download it within seconds, sometimes tax free, without having to pay $18.99 for the entire album. And seconds after that, you can pay all your bills, book a trip, and write to your friends without even getting out of your chair.
For the most part, accomplishing a lot of stuff in a short amount of time is great. And wouldn’t it be really great if learning tango could be as simple as pointing and clicking? Of course, we know it doesn’t work that way.
Becoming proficient at the dance just takes a ton practice. But even if the time it takes to learn tango today is roughly the same as it was for a beginner back in the 1940s, the amount of instant gratification we’re accustomed to in the present is more likely to discourage us if we’re not “getting it” right away.
Technology can do a lot of good, but for the past 100+ years, the act of learning tango is one of those things that hasn’t yet been automated or made instantly downloadable. If it takes a long time to happen, maybe that’s just how it is. Don’t assume that something must be wrong with you.