In third grade, they made us learn how to juggle. We started with scarves, because they have good hang time in the air, and they don’t make any noise if — okay, when — you drop them. So picture a room full of 8 and 9 year olds throwing these dingy, neon-colored squares of cloth all over the place. Worst PE class ever, right? I mean, what does juggling have to do with anything? Couldn’t we have climbed the monkey bars or played kickball instead?
Now that I’m an adult, I recognize that juggling is an everyday part of our lives. Figuratively, of course. But the principles of literal juggling still apply.
- Start with one scarf. Establish a rhythm. Let your hands get used to the motion, until you don’t even have to think about it anymore.
- Add additional scarves one at a time. The learning curve can be steep, and there’s no reason to go to the next level until you master the one you’re on.
- Go at your own pace. Like most things in life, juggling is not a race, so take your time to do things right and set yourself up for success.
- If you drop something, don’t panic. You can keep going and pick it up later, or you can pause to get it now. Either way, it’s not life or death.