The neighbor girl is learning to ride a bike, and this weekend she seems to have mastered it. Her trouble was stopping.

When learning a new skill, stopping is a critical capability. Before she would ever let me put the car in drive, my mom made me spend 30 minutes in neutral, lifting my foot off the brake for a second, then two, then three, before braking, learning the feel of the pedal, learning to stop.

If you’re not learning how to stop, you’re not really learning the skill.

2 thoughts on “Stop.

  1. That’s deep! I’d be much better at driving if I’d done that. This reminds me of the dullest piece we played in the high school orchestra, when we cellos had just eight notes, over and over again. We had to make sure we knew when to stop then!

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