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  • We tend to think that age equals wisdom. To a certain extent, that may be true. In other cases, other factors matter more.

    Practice, for example.

    During our first encounters, when he was no bigger than my under arm and I was in my earlier-than-today-twenties, I told him I would teach him lots of things, good to know. And I've kept my word. At least I hope. Today, we chat. He asks questions. I explain stuff. When his mom talks about ice cream, I teach him his first English word. He listens carefully; I-C-E-C-R-E-A-M. I show him Princess Leia and his heart melts a bit. We laugh when we decide that grandma is Yoda and grandpa Chewbacca.

    And as our conversations proceed, he also becomes my teacher. At first, I always get it wrong when connecting the right Ninja to the right super power. But I learn. He tells me over and over.

    And one day, it was just the other day, he told me something very important.

    "I'm very brave," he said out of nowhere, with great confidence.
    "Yea you are. But how can you be so brave?" I asked him.
    "Well, you know why? Because I practice. I just... you know, practice and then – yea..."

    That's that.

    Just practice.

    We can all be brave.
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