more problems than a mathbook

The beginning of the week is hard. Then the middle comes, and it feels even worse. Then, sometimes we can even find a way to make the end of the week difficult. The facts are, life is far more challenging than we want it to be. The reason we often don’t realize the ‘best times’ of our life is that no time is so perfect that you can’t find fault with it. We get used to the level of stress, and if it isn’t that strenuous, we often find a way of making it so.

As humans, we need some sort of conflict to keep things interesting, and to motivate us. Without problems, we would truly be miserable. Our problems are our own, and help define us. Sometimes we may mistake positivity as somehow enjoying difficult situations we find ourselves in– this isn’t what I mean to argue. Instead, our problems are necessary parts of our lives that we need to continually fight to overcome. Like any good superhero fiction fan knows, the best rivals are the ones you learn from, respect, and never give up fighting. That doesn’t mean that our problems are easy to deal with, or that people will all suffer the same amount. It means that we should take our problems on as something we can overcome, and as something we will learn from.

Come what may, you are far more capable than you realize. Our beliefs can either hold us back or open us to new areas. Our limits go out farther than we assume, and most importantly, we don’t face challenges alone! Everyone needs and uses support, so use others and appreciate them in all you do. You can do this! Whatever it is, you can get through this.

why you can learn from yarn

Knitting can be difficult in that to get the right stitch, you need to keep the same amount of pull on your yarn. Otherwise, the size of each knot differs and messes up the pattern. But the fact is, most people could care less about knitting or the details of it. Why should you care? At the end, the skill is irrelevant in our factory manufactured society that makes our clothes through mass production. It’s a skill that’s transformed from a necessity to a hobby for most. It’s incredible, really.

So much has changed. If you compare this era to any before it, surely we see parallels, but technology has been a driving force for cultural and sociological shifts. Our very way of life is molded by the tools we use and rely upon. But knitting can still give us lessons: consistency is a strength. In fact, it is one of our most potent abilities. Water wears down the rock over time, as the saying goes.

Knitted things have errors in the fabric because the pull is too tight or too loose. When we approach life, we need to be careful of how much we pull. We need to be assertive but respectful. We need to question assumptions, but be open to the possibility that we’re wrong. We need to be compassionate and kind but maintain our own identity and self-respect. Things change, times change, but we are always growing by learning how to keep things balanced. So be grateful for technology, but critique it too. At the end of the day, consistency is so important because practice is what makes us able to learn how to do this whole “balance” thing in the first place. Keep going. Every day, it matters.