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Sometimes I like to do things I don't like to do

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Like the Roger Miller lyric I generally “Don't like to do things I don't like to do”, but not always.

A blog I read the other day reminded of when I set out to learn how to folk dance. It was 20 years ago and I thought I might meet some interesting people and single women.

The first couple of times I went I found myself sweating from nerves. I didn't know what I was doing. I couldn't follow the instructions. I couldn't move in rhythm. I felt clumsy and incompetent. I don't like to do things I don't do well.

I realized then that my whole life I had only been doing things that I could do well immediately. But I stuck at it and after a few more weeks I began to catch on. That was a big boost to my confidence.

Soon I began to really enjoy it. I did meet really interesting people, like the woman who had been a nude gourmet vegetarian chef at a California nudist resort. I even got a few dates out of it (not with her) and made some friends. Doing something I didn't like to do led to some memorable experiences and a lot of fun.

I remember that experience when I find myself doing something I don't know how to do well. Sometimes if I stick with it, I will learn to do it well and I will start to enjoy it.

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    I am glad Brandyn asked me to check this blog out. I am currently faced with doing something that I have tried before but with some pretty negative results..... and I am scared to try again!

    Brandyn mentioned that I should come over here and check this blog out and I KNOW you are right.... I just have to work up the nerve to sign up now. Haha.
    3113 days ago
    hahahaha! Thank you for a belly laugh this morning. The thought of a nude vegetarian chef folk dancing (somehow, in my mind, she's nude during the DANCING ... not just in the safety of the nudist colony) created a very fun cartoon in my cerebral cortex.

    Plus ... you made me remember how I LOVED the folk-dancing unit of P.E. waaaay back in high school. Maybe I can find a class here and now! What a great idea!

    I think I'll add you as a friend so I can keep up with you in case you have some other gems.
    3116 days ago
    Such a good approach. I tried it with piano lessons when I was in my 40's. Tried for a year or more, but just couldn't do it : ( Still regret that. I've stuck to it with lots of other things I didn't like at first, though, and am a happier, better person for that.

    3118 days ago
  • MONTY68

    This is a great blog. I had to think about what you said and I find there were or perhaps are things I didn't do, because of the fear of failure. I really appreciate your blog. Perhaps, I will attempt something new.
    Thank you

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    3118 days ago
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