You know, if you’re not learning you’re in a rut, right? The way to stay young and keep your mind sharp is to always be learning something new. I recently compiled My Random List of Learning - the three top things I want to learn this year.
Number 1 on my list is surfing. A few days ago we were at the beach watching the surfers ride the waves when it hit me.
I never learned to surf.
I have lived in California for most of my life yet I’ve never been on a surfboard.
I wondered to myself - why not learn now?
Because, I told myself – there are loads of reasons you can’t. Here are the top six.
- Shark attacks (they happen for real)
- I’m over 50.
- I have a torn rotator cuff.
- I am a mediocre swimmer.
- I’m a grandmother.
- The Pacific Ocean is cold!
I won that internal debate with myself, yet the thought kept nagging at me. Why not? WHY NOT!?
So, I countered that list with another list.
- Shark attacks rarely happen.
- I’m only 52.
- I can strengthen my arm.
- I don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to surf.
- I could surf with my grandchildren.
- The water is cold? So is life, sister. Suck it up!
- Did I mention shark attacks rarely happen?
If you want to be sure to win an argument, have it with yourself.
I am now putting it out there in the universe. I start physical therapy next week. I am working at strengthening my shoulder and increasing my mobility. My goal is to be strong enough to take lessons by next summer.
Number 2 on My Random List of Learning is – whistling (I told you this list was random).
I have always wanted to be able to whistle really loud. When I was a little girl, my mom had a close friend – a beautiful woman who I admired - and she could split the air with the volume and shrill sound of her whistle. I was in awe of this talent and vowed that when I grew up, I would be able to make heads turn with the awesomeness of my whistle.
Sad to say, my whistle is weak. Sometimes life is disappointing like that. So, I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials on whistling and am determined to figure out how to do this! So far, I’m not having any luck but when I master my technique, I will share it with you.
Number 3 on My Random List of Learning is knitting.
I watch people knitting and it seems so…serene and relaxing, yet productive at the same time. I attempted to learn years ago but aimed a bit too high by picking a sweater as my first knitting project. I think I will start with a scarf this time. Anyone want to teach me?
So there it is. My Random List of Learning.
Now I’m asking you. What have you always wished you knew how to do? What is a skill you admire in others? What would be on your My Random List of Learning?