There was this whole craze in my school concerning the Rubik's Cube four years ago. However, I didn't jump on the bandwagon; I was stuck only knowing how to solve one side while everyone else was manically flipping the cube's sides around and around.
The Rubik's Cube mania slowly died off, and I stashed my Rubik's Cube under my bed, completely forgetting its existence. I decided, one day in the summer, to look through my things and reminisce about the past, and what did I find? My Rubik's Cube, coated in a thin layer of dust, patiently sitting and waiting for me to pick it up.
I decided, why not? I had the time, and I was willing to spend the effort to figure out how to put a few blocks in place.
I sat myself down and did what I was able to do. I solved the white side. Once I had completed that side, I was stuck. I remember just kind of sitting there, wondering about how I was to complete the other sides. I realized that I was willing to spend the effort, but not THAT much effort. I searched up "how to solve a Rubik's Cube," and let Google do the rest of the work. After looking through my options, I settled on this wonderful site: https://how-to-solve-a-rubix-cube.com/
The first thing I read was the "99.9% can't solve the Rubik's Cube without help." I felt a bit better about what I was doing, and scrolled down.
I followed the steps slowly, contemplating every flick of my fingers and ensuring that I was flipping everything in the right direction.
My first successful attempt at solving the Rubik's Cube with the help of the website took fifteen minutes. That's a quarter of an hour that I'll never get back. It's also a quarter of an hour where I developed new connections within my brain.
My second successful attempt lasted thirteen minutes. I thought, "Okay, well, I cut down my time by two minutes. That's pretty good, right?"
I spent about two more hours on the Rubik's Cube that day. I believe that I cut my time down to about eight minutes, which I believed to be pretty good. I didn't bother trying to remember the algorithms, but I knew that my subconscious mind was slowly picking up the patterns.
I continued to practice solving the Rubik's Cube throughout the week with the help of the website. I was too lazy to actually try to remember anything. When school started, I, for some reason, felt a burst of motivation, and I dedicated fifteen minutes to start learning the algorithms.
Finally, a few days later, I tried taking off the training wheels to solve the Cube without aid of the website. Naturally, I failed and quickly gave into the temptation of checking the website. But it was a start.
Day after day, I remembered more and more algorithms until one day, I remembered them all, and I was able to solve the Rubik's Cube on my own, albeit slowly. I was proud, but I knew that I had only won half the battle. Now that I knew how to SOLVE the Cube, I worked on my TIME.
My record as of right now is 1:23. I know, I know, it's still pretty slow, but there's always room for improvement, right? Perhaps, with more practice, I'll cut this time down to a minute. Maybe I'll cut it down to even less. Who knows, maybe I'll break the world record for goodness' sakes! Someone's has to do it eventually, why not me?
Anyways, I'm getting way out of my comfort zone of negativity here. Reality check: I probably won't break the world record, but I will definitely chop down those seconds!
Well, moral of the story is to just keep trying and keep practicing! I've always been told that no matter how good you are, you will never be good enough. Yeah, yeah, that sounds super pessimistic, but I find hope and encouragement out of this phrase. So no matter how good or bad you are at something, KEEP AT IT! You will never know what you can accomplish unless if you try!
Wow, I just became more positive. And I just completely contradicted my last post with this one. I spent a whole post describing my failures trying to solve the Rubik's Cube. Haha, anyways, hope you guys enjoyed this post! Maybe I'll write an update when I hit that one minute mark!
Have you guys solved the Rubik's Cube? If you have, what's your PR? If you haven't, what's holding you back?
Until next time!