I think think that’s the same for all of us, but it is really noticeable in musical instruments. She plays the violin and the piano, and practice and maturity and self-discipline have taken her so far.
It’s harder to see it in something like writing, or accounting, or lawyering, or teaching or whatever it is you do. Sometimes we forget, because it is hard to see, and also, when you improve a little more each day, it isn’t that noticeable.
I wrote a time-travel novel some years ago, before I was published. I took it out the other day and gave it a quick read. There were some really great ideas and writing there, but some real fails as well. Reading it made me realise how far I’ve come and how I’d have to totally rewrite the book for it to be something I’d put my name to, now.
It was like looking at the 7 year-olds I watched play their violins tonight, and then seeing my daughter go up there and play.
We’re all works in progress, but what stands out to you as something you’ve really improved at over the years?