I had made a significant change in my relation to the place: before, it had been mine by coincidence or accident; now it was mine by choice. My return, which at first had been hesitant and tentative, grew wholehearted and sure. I had come back to stay.*
The very desire for shortcuts makes you eminently unsuitable for any kind of mastery.**
First of all there is the exploring.
Something inside gets us up and out from what we know in order to explore what we do not know, where we find little that is familiar.
It can mean all kinds of things. Ursula Le Guin encourages us to learn how to read new genres of books:
If you don’t know what kind of book you’re reading and it’s not a kind you’re used to, you probably need to learn how to read it.^
Thomas Kuhn wrote about how those who wanted to come up with new scientific paradigms firstly having to learn their domain:
Everything that grows has to succumb to the darkness first.^^
There’re no shortcuts.
Which means there’ll be voluminous time and energy involved.
Which brings us to what we need to find, namely our motivation:
In fact, one of the most fascinating things about motivation is that it often drives us to achievements that are difficult, challenging, and even painful.^^
Your motivation won’t be of much use to me, nor mine to you. We each have to find our own to be able to grow. Only then may we discover that the unfamiliar we have been visiting is a place we want to return to and stay.