how strong should one aim to be?
For regular folks like us, it is never going to come down to "Add 10 kilos to your bench press numbers and see your discus fly further" or any such thing. From the world of weights, we are looking for general physical preparation (GPP). We want to be able to do most things that life throws at us
on failing Starting Strength (and why it was amazing)
I went in to learn and getting a certification would've been a bonus. While it was still a huge hit to the ego when I realised I failed, I quickly realised I knew diddly-squat to have an ego in this and had amongst the best weekends I've ever had.
on one rep at a time
There are many lessons that I did not learn, or completely missed the point on. Either they were too abstract for me, or I was not ready for it, or I did not have enough wisdom and/or context to understand them. Viewing them though the lens of strength training clarifies much larger lessons.