I made this little thing a couple of years ago on a day when I was trying to learn something new and being somewhat less than patient with myself:


I keep it around for two reasons. First, to keep reminding myself to go easy on me when I’m new to something. Second, because it occurred to me that other people are probably often trying new things when I don’t realize they are, and I would do well to share some of that same patience I was looking to muster when I wrote out the little message.