Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I’ve gotten really good at becoming a lifelong learner as I’ve become older. Part of that comes with being a college student in my 40’s, but a big part of it also comes from living life. I’m finding, more than ever, that ANYONE can learn ANYTHING, from anyone and anything. You can learn from others, you can learn from yourself, your past, you can even learn from your own kids.
This summer I have been learning how to swim from my oldest daughter. Along with her 9-week drivers ed block, she also had a 9-week swimming block. I’m a horrible swimmer, but I like to try my best. I’ve wanted to learn more than the typical “don’t drown” swimming lessons that are taught to small children, so when the school year was over, I cornered my daughter in the swimming pool and begged her to show me what she learned. She was terrified and embarrassed of her own swimming abilities, but she soon figured out that she knew more than her mother did, and then she became a helpful teacher to me. Yeah that’s right, my 15-year old did that. Kids don’t realize what they are capable of, I think. And then they do it and find that they can.
Fast-forward to this morning, which I decided would be a pool day after 2 straight days of bike rides, the second for which I wore non-cycling shorts and decided to rest my sore backside today. SO I got to the pool, and started practicing my laps with the breast stroke and back stroke that she showed me. And I did it! I really felt like I was doing everything right! I’m still terrible with freestyle because I don’t like not being able to inhale whenever I want, but I have a sparkbuddy who has posted a few Youtubes that should help a bit, along with some more pool time to practice. See, you can learn anything…from anyone, anytime, any venue, if you want to badly enough. You don’t need a bunch of equipment, okay maybe you need a little, but really if you just have the desire, then just go and do it. And don’t ever be afraid to learn something new, even if it’s from someone much younger than you. I have a longtime sparkbuddy who lives here in town, who is much younger than me. And I learn from her all the time about how to take care of my plants and eat better and find cheap entertainment. Never be afraid to learn something new, because as the saying goes, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.