As Albert Einstein is believed to have once said: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”
We definitely identify with this saying when it comes to learning tango. As we become more “addicted” to the dance, gaining more knowledge literally becomes an obsession. And knowledge of tango is a lot like money. There’s nothing wrong with having it. There’s a lot of good you can do with it.
And there’s nothing wrong with working hard to obtain more of it…unless the motivation to do so gets out of hand. You know, like the celebrity who complains that his or her multimillion dollar contract is unfair because another celebrity is making just a few million more.
We, too, can enter a spiral of negativity if we fixate too much on looking ahead to what we want to achieve. We’ll feel as though we’re falling behind when we’re actually making progress. And that’s when tango stops being fun.
So let’s take a look back, reflect, and see how far we’ve come since we’ve started. Then let’s spend some time enjoying the skills we currently have. Otherwise, we’re stuck defining the quality of our tango by only focusing on all the things we can’t do.