The Messy Places Are Where the Learning Happens: On Being a Beginner

by | Nov 17, 2021 | Art & Craft, Essays

As a Master Spinner who writes quite a bit about spinning, I am considered an expert in my field. But I’m working really hard to remain a beginner. Being a beginner places me in a world of possibility where every moment holds pure potential.

When we get good at doing something, whether we spin or bake or restore old cars, we can get into a nice, comfortable rut. Even though that rut has been earned through years of hard work, I sometimes feel like we lose something in that process. 

When we are comfortable, we can lose our curiosity or we can become perfectionists, afraid to make mistakes.

We can get trapped in our expertise as our craft moves forward with new ideas and tools, and make ourselves obsolete. Keeping a beginner mindset, reminding ourselves that we can never know everything there is to know about our craft, helps us to stay flexible and open to change.

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All images by Michelle Boyd.