You know the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well, that’s a bunch of phony baloney. It’s true that kids can learn new skills faster with their little growing brains than adults. But that is not an excuse for an adult NOT to try to learn something new as well. And I use the word “adult” loosely here. We are both pushing 30 and still don’t feel fully “adult.” But that hasn’t stopped us from branching out and learning new things…even things that we would have never seen ourselves wanting to learn.
For example, Michael is taking English riding lessons and getting pretty good at it. His goal is not to be an Olympic Show Jumper, but so what? He loves horses and wanted to become a better rider. Even though my writing skills and style are not the greatest, I did not let that stop me from starting this blog to share our upcoming trip with family and friends…no matter how many (or few) bother to read it. I signed up for an online photography class (super cheap thanks to Groupon!), and I hope to master the basics of our new-to-us Canon DSLR and teach it to Michael before our NZ trip. Michael dreams of one day getting his sport pilot’s license, learn how to play drum set, and master sailing a sailboat. I want to learn American Sign Language, play guitar, swing dance, and the list goes on and on for both of us.
Take a moment and ask yourself, “When was the last time I did something for the first time?”
If your answer is along the lines of “I can’t remember…” then what are you waiting for?! And don’t say “I just don’t have time.” I don’t believe it. Instead of trying to make time (which is not humanly possible), you have to buy out the time. Even if it’s only 5 min a day. You don’t have to ever stop learning or improving yourself. The things on your list don’t have to stay on the “wish list.” Plus, your list doesn’t even have to include material things. Maybe we want work on our personal qualities. For example, becoming a better listener, balance our emotions, forgiving others more readily. No matter how big or small, no matter our age or our ability, never be afraid to learn or try something new (as long as it doesn’t put your life in danger of course!).
The only thing standing in our way is our own self-doubt, insecurities, and what-ifs. “What if Michael falls off the horse and gets hurt?” “What if no one reads our blog or doesn’t find it interesting?” They are like a brick wall we built up blocking our own way. Don’t be afraid of learning, expanding, or growing yourself. I think that is an important part of self-love. When you pursue something new that nourishes your mind, body, or soul, it’s like giving water and sunlight to a newly sprouted flower. If you neglect it, it will wither and struggle to survive. But if you take a little time to tend to that growing flower, the roots will grow stronger and it will bloom to its full potential.