“A wise man said………Only fools rush in,”
This afternoon I sat under a maple tree by Inokashira lake. The above two lines were almost the only comprehensible lyrics I could make out from an old bloke strumming a guitar on the bench next to me. In every aspect his performance was dreadful: his voice wobbled, stumbling uncertainly through the lyrics, desperately trying to attach them to a tune long since lost.
He did manage to do one thing well. He was utterly at home with his incompetence. Constant failure did not ruffle him at all. And for that I admire him.
More often than not, incompetence comes from lack of practice, not from lack of ability. Trust me, I have rich experience in this field.
I have 16 more days left living in Tokyo. 16 more days to memorise every tree in Inokashira Park (note `maple` in line 2). 16 more days to use up the unopened bottles of soy sauce and vinegar in the kitchen cupboard.
Perhaps I should keep them as a warning, a lasting reminder of my hubris late last year when I got carried away after learning how to fry burdock.
From June 25th, I start work on an organic farm in Aomori. I am doing it for 10 days as part of the WWOOF program. It will be a challenge. Even though I am from Devon, an area stereotyped as being full of farmers, my farming experience is limited to a month picking apples in Manjimup 13 years ago. And I know next to nothing about organic farming.
The managers of the farm don`t seem to know much either. The farm was only established in late 2011 – “We`re still building the foundations”. Or is that still kicking out the bears? Obviously they chose not to listen to Elvis`s wise men as well. Who does?
Whatever the case, I can`t wait.