Make and take your wins was the lesson learned from a day that started like any other. I woke up and hit the gym (I’m lying). I got home and started to look for a key my mum lost a while ago. It’s a key to a little jewellery box that she needs open by Saturday – for a wedding.
The case study
So I’m lying flat on my stomach, reaching under the bed, trying to find a 2-inch item. Then a thought strikes me. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to try lockpicking. No, not in an ‘I want to rob you’ way, not even in an ‘I want to show off to my mates’ way. Just in an ‘I’m James bond’ way.
Back then as a kid, I didn’t have access to the internet. So I googled ‘pick lock with paperclip’ because that’s all this James bond has lying around at home. I found a plier and started messing around bending the paper clips as instructed in the YouTube videos and after cleanly snapping two in half, I had my tools.
A thousand hours later
I won’t bore you with the exact instructions but I read them. Fast forward 45 minutes and I’m slowly starting to get frustrated. But still, I’m glued to that stupid box. I promised myself that I won’t take my shower until I get this box open. After a while, I actually decided to take in the instructions rather than listening to the first few minutes and wrenching those paperclips in and out like a retard. I finally understood the mechanism of how a normal lock and key works. I finally heard the little ‘click’ and found my paperclip turning the cylinder clockwise – I was euphoric.
What I learned
There is a lesson in this, I swear. The lesson is this; life might not be moving at the pace you want it to but you can take steps to make each day a win. It means you have to be pro-active and you have to create little goals for yourself; cooking a certain dish, drawing something, writing a terrible poem or even fulfilling childhood dreams. The one thing that free time (or your first year at Uni) gifts you with is time.
It turned out however that the jewellery that my mum needed wasn’t in that box after all but that’s beside the point. I was back to the BB days (Before Bond) and looking for the a different key manually once again.