Instruments, languages, handicraft - I've been learning all my life. It's something I really enjoy even though I'm a bit impatient with myself and expect brilliant results immediately.
This autumn I'm not going back to school or uni and I haven't picked up any new hobbies. But there are still plenty of things I'd like to learn, ranging from the superficial to the more existential, and here are three of them:
1. Hair dos - When I see someone with intricate hair I'm fascinated. I know you have to practice, but I feel like I'm missing a significant gene. My mum had a "live and let live" approach to her hair and I think it transferred to me. I watch Youtube videos and they make it look so easy, but all I end up with is achy arms and the need for a second shower. Can I learn? Help!
|The leftovers after a film job. Even after they'd taken out the actual do, my hair looked better than when I try to do it myself.|
2. Ballroom/latin dancing - No, not just because Strictly is on again. I love dancing and last year I did find a class but didn't want to go without a partner. Of course you don't always need to bring your own, they can pair you up, but how many times have you been to a dance class where there's a whole bunch of "spare" men? I'd end up dancing with a broom.
3. Meditation - I have an overactive mind. It's a great asset when writing; plots, conversations and "what ifs" whizz around in my head. But in real life it's not as helpful. Being "mindful" or "in the moment" can prove difficult. Past and future (real and alternative) fight for attention. Sometimes, if only for a moment, I'd love to just turn it all off. Any meditation gurus out there?
So, three things I'd like to get better at. And what's stopping me, really? In a few months time you could see me perfectly coiffed, all spaced out and waltzing happily with a handsome broom.
Any new skills on your list?