When disaster strikes, most people will attribute it to the worsening situation of the world, in the tone of 'the beginning of the end of the world'. I don't know about you but I always found such hasty conclusions idiotic, often irresponsible. Such observations are unfounded, and are most likely because information is so easy to get hold of nowadays, plus the fact that people are occupying so much space in this world that something 'bad' is bound to happen statistically. As a whole, I believe that there is really no greater time in human history in the improvement of quality of life than now. Ridiculous as it may seem, one very minute example of that is the presence of video-sharing websites, like Youtube, with awesome features making learning much easier.
I've been somewhat obsessed with learning the side flip for the past few months. While it has been arduous, being able to finally execute it was such a great personal victory. Aside from getting great tips from the Parkour Philippines community, one of the most valuable tools I’ve been luckily able to take advantage of are watching Parkour videos shared over Youtube (like most of us) while on slow-motion through its ‘Speed’ feature. Changing the ‘Speed’ to view the videos on slow-motion could be used by clicking on the settings icon – cogwheel image – found on the lower right of the video screen player, to which you will see the label ‘Speed’. A dropdown menu beside the label will offer you different speed options in which to view the video – in 0.25x, 0.5x, Normal, 1.25x, 1.5x or 2x. With such a feature, you’ll not only be limited to watching Parkour tutorials, but may now even learn through slowing down your favorite Parkour-athlete showreels after you’ve enjoyed them.
Because of Youtube’s ‘Speed’ feature, not only was I able to learn the basic movement of the side flip, but also get help understanding the small changes one must do to execute it in different situations – eg over an obstacle, coming from a step up, overcoming a gap. So the next time you feel the urge to improve or unlock a new achievement but feel helpless and inadequate, remember this quote by motivational speaker Toni Robbins,
It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you.
Then go to Youtube, search for that video with the skill you’d love to learn, put that on slow-motion, watch then practice over, and over, and over again.
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