Julie’s right that being senior on Rose’s forum only means that you’ve been around longer and posted more. We’ve all had our mishaps. I could regale you with a few of my own. They’re quite vivid in my memory… lol ... and the thing is, I learned more from them than most of my successes.
But what I really want to recount is some advice I got in my twenties that has served me well. Always put yourself in the company of people who are better than you, this guy said. He was a hotshot in my field at the time, so I really listened. It will make you reach for your best, he explained, and then you’ll get better. Better and better as time goes on.
I have found it to be true. I have also found that once I gain a little skill in some area, I learn tons from trying to pass it on. There’s nothing like explaining something or demonstrating it to learn more deeply yourself, whether with your peers in terms of skill or those who are at an earlier stage. It also helps you keep a fresh outlook and an open mind to new ideas. The benefits go both ways. And no matter where you are on the path, there’s always more to learn. That’s the double-edged beauty of it! The joy and at times, yes, the frustration that we’re not as great yet as we would like to be.
In the frustrating times, I find there’s comfort in remembering that if I had nothing left to shoot for, my life would be empty and boring. I don’t think I’ll ever reach that stage with baking!!! It feels like the sky’s the limit in terms of what there is to learn. And then you can go one more level, like Rose, and take it to a heavenly realm.
How blessed we are that Rose “threw some ganache” around! And that there are people more senior than us on this forum. Me, too. I don’t mind telling you that I sit up and take notice, whenever Jeanne and certain others post. I won’t name any others, because that’s when we get into comparing mind, which is always a downer. We’re here to help one another, yes. But we’re also here to encourage and support one another, something we do very well in this community. I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow the flush of pleasure that comes from hearing, “Good job.”