It takes a long time to master the monkey bars. Some kids take a few days, others weeks. For weeks, we went to the playground and my daughter was just hanging there, falling down, frustration building. I wonder how she persisted, urged me to go to the playground each day, blisters building and popping. Still, we went daily. The desire to master the monkey bars was even overwhelming the frustration.

Unlike many things in life, monkey bars are a binary activity. Before you master them, you have to deal with massive frustration. Nothing positive really happens, even the small steps feel like minuscule movements. One day. you are moving past that point and go from not doing to doing. Becoming a master within a few hours. Once you are a master, you enjoy the time with your friends, arms are getting stronger and soon you wonder what’s so special about those easy monkey bars.