We get through our first few beginner classes, and are no longer total novices. We’re still nervous at milongas, but we’re becoming regulars and making friends. We feel like we’re starting to get the hang of tango, and it’s a good feeling.

Then, our coasting comes to an abrupt halt. We hit a wall.

As we continue learning, tango inevitably gets difficult again. Unfortunately, this is when a lot of people, if not most, quit.

But for those who don’t want to quit, working to get “over the wall” by determination and will is an admirable strategy. But it’s also helpful to know that “hitting the wall” is not a sign that something’s wrong. All tango students encounter it, and if anything it means we’re getting better.

It’s also a good idea to be self-reflective as we work, or struggle, to get over those walls. For instance, we’ll see just how positive or negative our attitudes can be when we’re tested. Basic concepts that instructors repeated again and again may start making more sense. And often, we’ll discover how much we’ve learned since we first started dancing.

And some time after we take our dancing to the next level, we’ll look back at the times we decided not to quit. And we’ll see that it was worth it.

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