The “genius” Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Week after week I play squash and every single time I lose.
Am I insane? Am I doing the same thing again and again?
I don’t think so.
I’m a much better squash player now than when I started playing. I can see shots and angles of return that were previously unavailable to me.
I can vary my shot depending on whether I want to use pace or skill.
I can move around the court so that I’m always in the correct position to anticipate the next move.
Yet, I still lose week after week.
And this doesn’t bother me.
For me – winning is irrelevant. It only matters that I enjoyed the game and that I pushed myself to my limit.
So when I sign up for a challenge I don’t look at whether I’ll win, whether I’ll get a PB or whether I’ll succeed. I ask myself whether I’ll enjoy it.
My `A` race for the year is the Long Course Weekend. I saw it on TV and it looked fun. I have no idea how difficult or easy the course is. It doesn’t matter. I know I’ll enjoy visiting a part of the country I’ve never been to before.
Einstein famously never wore socks. He didn’t see the point when shoes were more than adequate at doing the same job. I disagree with him as I forgot my spare socks last week and ripped my feet to shreds in the afternoon trying to walk sock-less in leather shoes.
Maybe he wasn’t such a genius after-all.