Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers repeatedly mentions that successful people do not achieve their competency overnight, rather they are the product of the 10,000 hour rule; that is, according to Gladwell, it takes about 10,000 hours of practicing a particular skill to achieve mastery. That translates to 4.8 years of 40 hour weeks devoted exclusively to mastering a particular skill. If this is true, and it probably is, there is little wonder that there are very few people in the world who are masters of their trade.
I was thinking that I ought to devote myself to mastering the art of leisure. I had been looking around for someone who had put in the requisite hours perfecting their native gift when I happened to observe my three year old grandson chasing bubbles. I thought to myself: "Even if he started the day he was born, he is still 1.8 years shy of perfection, so, how could he be so adept at the art of leisure?" I tried to engage him in a conversation about the matter but he seemed more interested in popping bubbles than discussing the philosophy of aesthetics. So, I took a few pictures and then fell asleep under a tree - watching him run around just wore me out.