On long Himalayan treks, it is interesting how the destination keeps changing the moment we get somewhere. When we start, we have a particular point in sight. When we reach there, we see further (and higher) to where we need to get next. This process keeps repeating itself until we finally arrive at our final destination a week later. Looking at our course one piece at a time keeps us motivated and pushes us further. Alternatively, it would have been intimidating to see the entire route of the trek the instant we started. That would have put more than a few of us off from even attempting the trek in the first place.
The same principle applies for several other endeavours – with writing a book, learning a new language, finishing a PhD or mastering a martial art form. Experts in a particular field often appear mystical to us because watching them work is analogous to seeing the entire course of the trek in one glimpse.
There is comfort in having a destination to travel towards, but several times, our destination is revealed to us only once we embark on the journey itself. And that is a good thing!
“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow