Over the weekend I had an accomplishment that got me very excited.
Then I turned philosophical. That hardly ever happens.
Not to take anything away from accomplishment, but it shouldn't be a surprise I improved at something I practiced at a few times a week for a year.
A whole year can make a big difference.
I started making a mental list of all the other activities I have ever tried and then been cruddy at. It is a long list. And for the most part that is fine with me. It doesn't bother me I was never a good hunter. I can live with the fact that making my mom's goulash edible seems to be an elusive skill for me. I now realize though that if I practiced ANY of the things on the list 3-5 days a week for 20-90 minutes I would be good at them. Or at least suck at less. Duh. (That is how I struggled my way up to running as far as I can now.) I am now wondering why it took me till I was nearly forty to learn this.
Here are some things I have always longed to be capable of. I have a smidgen of a background in these areas. I wouldn't just be starting from scratch. I would be starting from suck. See I am 1/10 of the way there.
*Speak a foreign language.
If I practice Spanish for a year I think I could almost butcher the language in a conversational way. I have always been envious of my students who speak multiple languages.
If I were to crochet three to five times a week I could probably actually make something other than a triangular pot holder that was really supposed to be square. Maybe I could make a scarf or a blanket...a small blanket.
*Play the piano, or the violin.
I love the violin and I did briefly take lessons as an adult. Raising two rambunctious preschoolers at that time did make it difficult to find time to practice. Surely though I could find twenty minutes a day now (that I have FIVE kids.)
*Read the Bible the whole way through.
Every year I set out to do this and although I do get a little further each year I have not yet been successful. I am sure if I read twenty minutes a day I could accomplish this.
*Write better. I love to write and really give it a real attempt yet . The whole point of this blog was to actually write for an audience, not to just publish pictures of my kid eating dog food. Maybe my writing would improve if I really tried to actually write in a sophisticated manner....like in the third person even.
It is not realistic to think I am accomplish ALL this stuff in a year so I guess I am going to have to prioritize and pick one to focus one, maybe two depending on what I choose.