We all know the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” but I don’t think that’s true.
I mean, heck, hopefully I have my entire life to live over again and I certainly have new things I want to try and learn.
Now that my kids are getting older and much more self-sufficient, I’m ready to get out in the evenings and weekend and do something just for me.
One of the things I’m dying to try is a hand-lettering class. I’m obsessed with all the cool lettering that people can do on chalkboards and invitations. When I got married, I was pretty bummed that I couldn’t do anything fancy on my invitations. I bought calligraphy pens but when you don’t know how to use them, it doesn’t really help.
My sister “won” me a class with a local gal, All She Wrote Notes. I’m waiting for her next workshop to open up with baited breath. I know it will be challenging, as I bought a workbook on Amazon and the first few pages had me screaming in frustration within minutes. But all things take time and I’m willing to give it a shot.
Next on my list is to get back into acting. I really enjoyed being on the stage when I was younger, and right before Aidan was born I took a few acting classes at a local theater. It was awesome! At some point, I’d love to actually audition and maybe perform again – but for now, a class is perfect.
The other thing that’s been on my list is to learn how to tinker on the piano. I hate that I never took lessons. As a singer, I know it would have helped me tremendously. We actually have a piano being delivered next week and my daughter is going to start lessons. My husband and I both plan to “learn” right along side her.
There are literally HUNDREDS of options out there for adults to learn new skills. It doesn’t have to be artsy as mine appear to be. You can take business classes at your local community college. You can learn computer skills. I’ve had friends teach themselves to knit and cross stitch. Maybe you want to start practicing yoga. The sky really is the limit.
Besides, learning new skills is good for our minds. It’s important for us to not only keep physically active as we get older, but to stay mentally active and challenge ourselves.