Finding a new hobby is exciting – whether it be a creative hobby or learning a new language, the concept of learning is always a wonderful thing. But the older we get, the harder it is to fully commit ourselves to learning a new hobby or gaining a new skill. This is usually due to our busy schedules. Trying to find time to relax and unwind is hard enough, let alone finding time to learn a new skill. Along with time, it seems that quite a lot of people now-a-days are hesitant when it comes to learning a new skill due to fear of failure. I truly believe that these two obstacles (lack of time and fear of failure) are ultimately empty excuses that can stop us from learning something great.
1. The Lack of Time Excuse
I first noticed people’s hesitancy toward learning a new skill when talking to my sister about our favorite bands. During our discussion, she uttered, “I just wish I learned how to play guitar when I was younger”. I found what she said strange, so I replied, “Why can’t you just learn now?”. She then went into a rant of excuses ranging from “I don’t have the time” to “I’m too old, now”.
Here’s the thing about a new skill: you are never too old to learn something new. Yes, maybe you had more free time when you were younger, but there will always be a time in your life where you will deem yourself “too old”.
So, I said to my sister, “When you are forty, you’ll say exactly the same thing to yourself - that you wish you had started learning the guitar when you were younger. Well, you’re younger than forty now, so why can’t you start today?”. The truth is, you could be 90 years old, and could be starting a new hobby; learning doesn’t have an age limit.
2. The Fear of Failure Excuse
Sometimes, it’s not just age that stops us from learning a new skill, but a fear of failure. When I first took up painting, my paintings were not very good (if I’m being honest, they are awful). So awful, in fact, that I came close to giving up the whole thing. But I enjoyed it and kept at it. Now, I have entered some of my paintings into national competitions and I’ve even won a few. I know it’s a cliché, but the phrase “practice makes perfect” is the best advice when attempting to learn a new skill. When starting something new, do not get discouraged if you do not see great results at first. And if you set it aside and stop persevering, you’ll never get any better. This is what makes starting a new hobby incredibly frustrating, but also very rewarding.
By overcoming these barriers of time and fear, you can eventually learn a wonderful new skill that you didn’t have before. So, when starting a new hobby, just remember that every day you repeat to yourself, “I’ll start tomorrow”, that is another day’s worth of learning you have now lost. Whenever you think to yourself, “I wish I taught myself this when I was younger”, start learning that hobby or skill as soon as possible.
1 : we often make excuses for not learning new skills
2 : practice does make perfect. Don’t give up
3 : we are never too old to learn. In fact, it is a necessity.Category: Talent/Skills / Subcategory: It’s never too late
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