An encouraging thought (adapted from a comment by Larry Gassen about ultramarathon running):

Your first year is the worst possible indication of how you'll do in the long term. Your second year is the second-worst --- and so forth.

Precisely the same rule applies to education, writing a journal, learning a musical instrument, marriage, ...

(see also TenThousandHours (20 Sep 2001), ... )

TopicRunning - TopicLife - 2004-06-25

(correlates: NameThatTune, AndThenTheVultureEatsYou, LatentJoy, ...)