I am always busy learning myself new things. Random things, usually. Things that I find really interesting, but are absolutely useless to be able to do. This week I discovered something new, and I thought about all the things I tried to learn myself but never actually finished learning. Here’s a list of things I want to be able to do or have tried to do:
- Sign Language. I have tried to learn it and I got pretty far actually. I can do the alphabet and do basic sentences like “My name is ..”, “How are you?”, things like that. But then I found out that I was learning ASL, which is American Sign Language, and that is different from the Dutch sign language. Apparently. So my knowledge would be quite useless. Then I got less motivated and I didn’t have time anymore, so I kinda put in on pause and never continued.
- Writing with my left hand. This was actually something I did one boring afternoon, but I still want to be able to do that. It would be so cool to be able to write with both hands. And of course if you injure one hand, you can still use the other one (this actually happened to me last winter, my hand was hurt so I couldn’t really write).
- Speak French. A language isn’t something you learn from a book. It just doesn’t work. I had 6 years of French classes and I still can barely have a conversation with a French person. Trust me, I tried. And failed, miserably.
- Astronomy. A few years ago, during the summer, I got bored and wanted to know more about our universe. So I started doing research and writing interesting things down. The stars and everything that’s out there is just so interesting! But then summer ended and school started and I didn’t have time anymore.
- Dvorak. You probably never heard of Dvorak, but we talked about it in class so I got interested. Dvorak is basically a keyboard where the letters are in a different place. According to the inventor himself, this should be much easier and faster. The letters that are used most often are in the middle row of your keyboard, so your fingers are on them automatically, which makes it faster. I started learning this yesterday together with my friend, because it was Friday afternoon and you know how Friday afternoons are. It turns out, learning typing on a different keyboard is a pretty good way of procrastinating.
Of course there are also things that I did actually learn to do (I’m not that much of a loser that I give up every time!). Examples are drawing, knitting, crocheting (is that actually a word?), photography, and probably some more, but I can’t think of anything right now.
What are things that you tried to master and failed (or succeed!) ? Are there things you still want to learn in life?