When was the last time that you pursued learning something new? I’m not necessarily talking about learning the definition of a new word or something similar. I’m talking about taking up a new hobby, learning a new language, or taking a class to learn a new skill. Especially as adults, we tend to fall into a routine that we are comfortable with and rarely stray from it. Or there is the opposite end like myself where I get very ambitious to learn about new things that I get overwhelmed and end up learning just a little bit about a lot of things.
Recently, I decided to try and focus my attention on just a few areas. A patient is teaching me how to play the guitar and I have been trying to improve my Spanish. I tell you this because there are some important bonuses that come along with learning something new, no matter what you choose to do.
- It is fun
- Improved self esteem
- Improvement in skill set
- Opens up the door to different social interactions/friendships
- Personal growth accomplishing challenging tasks
- A nice break in a sometimes monotonous schedule
- Discover unrecognized abilities/strengths
I don’t know if I will ever play the guitar for others (when I get better) or if it is just something I will do for fun. I am not sure if I will ever be fluent in Spanish but I am progressing towards that goal. I enjoy it, am proud when I accomplish even the simplest improvements and hope to at least use my improved Spanish here at Northwest Wellness to communicate more effectively with patients.
I challenge you to pursue something new that you have wanted to learn but have been putting off for various reasons. Other than learning these new things, you stand to benefit in ways you may not have even considered.