Back in January, I saw the following tweet:
At the time, I was really missing the joy of the new, where I get all swept up in a new activity and start to see everything through that lens … the complete throwing of myself at something without looking back. In the past, I have often identified with my passion: It was how I thought of myself , whether that be grad student or ballroom dancer. The “what” became part of the “am”.
For me to feel like “me”, I need something in life to be excited about, to be constantly learning new things and making the impossible possible, which comes with mastering a new skill.
This process has taught me something important about myself.
I am best at picking up skills with an in-person instructor. I’d tried extensive tutorials and online classes. Nope. Never finished them. If it’s a quick, “how do I do such and such” tutorial, I’m all over it. Week after week, not so much.
Case in point: I bought Dreamweaver and a book with video tutorials last April. I got through the first three lessons, then it sat there in the corner … with my foam roller. Initially I thought my not pursuing it meant I wasn’t interested in it. In reality, it with the method not the material that didn’t interest me.
For more than a decade I have looked through every adult education catalog that came in the mail. There are some really cool things in there. That was my introduction to ballroom dance and belly dance and HTML and Quickbooks.
This spring’s catalog included a Dreamweaver course on a night that fit in around tasting. I thought to myself, “You have already paid for the software, you might as well learn how to use it… for FREE!” (Frugality won out!)
So take it I did, and I am loving it! The most common phrase that I say in class is “That is so cool!” The instructor is the best computer instructor I have ever had! The class is designed for people completely new to website design, and my abilities are above that. He takes the time to give me additional information and resources. He seems to truly appreciate how much I want to learn this. I didn’t even know how much I wanted to learn this until I took this class.
I am now doing the impossible again! It is so exciting! Learning rocks!
So when was the last time you did something for the first time?