There are things I’m not good at. I know. I know. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. And not only am I not good at some things, but I’m actively trying to be good at them, and that leads to a sense of frustration, an impatience with the seemingly glacial pace of progress.
Some friends and I were discussing the probably imminent existence of the technology we saw in the Matrix, whereby you can download physical skills directly into your brain. Keanu Reeves learned kung fu in 3 seconds. I’m sure I could learn to wheelie in a second-and-a-half. I already kinda know how.
I watch a lot of outdoor sports videos, made by people who are good at outdoor sports. These things are both inspiration and aspirational, but the distance between me and say, Brandon Semenuk, can only be measured in lightyears. I’d need Lawrence Fishburne to give me the blue pill and strap me into that weird dentist chair of his to get even close.
The question is, would I actually download those skills if I could? As joyful as it might be to ride like the kids (because they’re kids) at the top of the various sports I practice, I’d be cheating myself of all the incremental victories that come from skill building. It’s also worth asking if the fantasy of instant upgrade might be compromised by the current state of my equipment, specifically my aging body.
NO BACKFLIPS FOR YOU!! ONLY IBUPROFEN!!
Still, I like to dream about having the ability to execute a long, flowy jump line. Is it in the cards for me? Probably not. Dreamin’s for free though.
This week’s TCI Friday asks, would you download bike skills if you could? If the answer is yes, what skills would you choose? If the answer is no, let’s hear your very reasonable and mature reasons why not.