If you ask me (not to say I'd be any less wrong), I'll say death is not something at all, but rather, the absence of something—namely movement. Now whether or not your soul, upon the termination of your biological processes, is to be blissfully caressed in Heaven or infinitely roasted in Hell is not for me to say.
All I’m saying is I don’t see death as the opposite of life. I don’t think there really is an opposite to life any more than darkness (which is simply the absence of light) is the opposite of brightness, cold (which is simply the absence of thermal energy) is the opposite of heat, or a congressman (which is simply the absence of intelligence) is the opposite of a Mensan.
What I’m getting at, regardless if I’m succeeding at the task, is that movement is life, and we ought to practice movement very nearly all the time.
Movement is a skill, to be sure, and it seems like our brains—at least from an evolutionary point of view—were machines first structured and calibrated to coordinate movement skills. And so it seems the reverse is true too, because we are, to an extent, able to restructure and recalibrate our brains through movement. How interesting, is it not?
Now despite what the wizards will tell you, there is no mystic portal for the rapid obtainment of skills (movement or otherwise) that lies just up that road and over those hills. Unless born a Mozart, anyone proficient in any skill was born a greenhorn, dirtied his hands, and skinned his shins. This is to say he earned the skill through his own intense and bloody efforts, and never through a charmer's sorcery. So yes, I would estimate the 10,000 hour rule is still in large effect, with at least 68% of all the variates lying within [plus or minus] one standard deviation. Give or take, of course.
Movement ought to be practiced. Cancel. Cancel. Cancel. Movement ought to be rehearsed. And rehearsed insatiably so. With practice there quite often lacks a pounding impetus. Rehearsal, on the other hand, implies an impending performance, to practice as if someone or someones will soon be watching what you can do. People tend to work a very great deal harder when there’s something big on the line. So practice of this nature is a much finer form of practice all together; meticulous, assiduous, progressive.
From the fine motor skills (like noodlin' on a guitar):
Will our movement ever be perfect? Well, no. But neither was Beethoven’s Fifth symphony.
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