I have 4 wonderful grand-kids, and 3 of them are still in the preschool years. At that age, nearly everything is a first-time or new experience.
- First words
- First steps
- First scrawling letters
- Etc etc etc
There aren’t any books that train kids how to walk, talk, or write. They just have to figure it out on their own by clumsily trying over and over. They learn 1,000 ways on how to fail as they grow. But, they persist in trying. They keep going. They stumble and cry and do it again and again until they figure it out.
What happened along the way that we quit learning that way? Why do we tend to wait for someone else to show us how things are done?
Everything important is learned by doing. So, go get started. Stop waiting for someone else to show you how. Go try and fail (and try again) until you figure it out.
- Pick up that musical instrument and start making noise
- Open up that application on your computer and start learning how it works
- Get a book/CD/DVD from the library and begin practicing that foreign language
- Fire up the jigsaw and start cutting out pieces of wood
- Climb on the bike and start wobbling down the road
Yes….this means you!
Thanks for listening.
PS: This post is dedicated to Eve H, who lovingly encouraged me today to renew my commitment to writing. I was off for vacation and just got out of the habit! Thanks Eve!