I spent a year working at a Special Needs school here in Salt Lake City. Early on in our training, we (the Teacher’s Assistants) were given an assignment.
Write a document for someone who has never worn shoes. Now, explain to them, in as few, simple, sentences as possible, how to tie their shoes.
“Oh please,” I thought. But once my pen hit the paper, I froze up. It was really, really hard. It was as if they had said, “Solve this Rubik’s Cube in five seconds, then deliver it to the Unicorn living at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.”
Actually, that might have been easier. There are so many steps to tying shoes. And trying to find the right words to describe it in a way that was impossible to misinterpret felt…impossible.
June of 2009
When I attended the three day RKC kettlebell instructor certification back in June of 2009, I did it for personal reasons. I wanted to celebrate, to prove I could do it, and to throw myself a party for figuring out how to deal with some of the more peculiar aspects of my life.
I never planned on actually instructing. But after I got home, an opportunity to teach kettlebell classes presented itself. I hemmed and hawed a little bit, but decided to try it. After all, I’d been trained in the fine art of teaching this stuff.
Each one teach one
I have learned more from teaching these classes than I ever could have on my own. I have watched people get stronger right before my eyes. More importantly, they have taught me things and continue to inspire me.
I thought I knew how to teach the kettlebell swing, but I wasn’t sure until I taught it to someone else. I thought I knew how to give someone cues for a proper press, and I did–but until I did it, I wasn’t positive.
One of my strengths has proven to be recognizing when advice is worth taking, and when it is garbage. There are always lessons to learn if you listen.
If I had never taken my dad’s advice to start lifting, I wouldn’t even be upright anymore. As it is, I am…
Ugly as Hell? You bet!
Always in pain? Yes.
Making progress? Always.
I teach what I am able to teach and I learn from whoever I meet.
I believe that each person can learn something from every other person in the world. What an exciting thought for anyone who is curious! If you ever worry that you know it all, you have only to go meet somebody new to get your head right.
Do you believe that there is a person in this world who literally does not have one thing to teach you?
If so, type up that shoelace tying document and send it to me. I still think about it occasionally, and I still haven’t nailed it down.
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