The first day, I had to recite mnemonic devices like "All Cars Eat Gas" and "Great Big Dogs Fight Animals" dozens and dozens of times just to get the notes in the first few measures, the easiest measures in the piece. Maybe 10 years wasn't going to be long enough to learn the five pages. I worked line by line every morning and at the two month mark, I was able to play the entire song! There were some rough patches and I had no sense of dynamics or musicality about any of it. That took another couple of months.
I came to see learning this piece of music as some important life analogies: