The Perpetual Climb
Some believe mastery of a skill is like walking up a hill. One can take a break from practicing or working out for days, weeks, or months and simply pick up where they left off and continue on.
A more appropriate metaphor is that of walking up an escalator that’s moving in the opposite direction. Every time you stop, you lose a little ground. Every day you go without a workout, you get slightly more out of shape. Every month you go without practicing a skill, you become a little more rusty.
Professional athletes workout throughout the offseason simply to maintain their level of performance. So, why do we believe that we can go lengths of time without practicing a skill and maintain our proficiency? Why would we expect to go without physical training and retain the same level of fitness?
Keep moving forward and do good work.