At the end of 2017 I was reflecting on the year… and after feeling quite burnt out a couple of times, I’d managed to become more disciplined with organising my time and sticking to a better routine – so that was a big positive I’d achieved.
But something I’d thought about quite a lot, was that I know a little bit about a lot of things – but I don’t know anything really, really well and that bothers me a little!
From my career I have quite a lot of knowledge in a certain area, different skills which can all be used together today, but I wouldn’t really consider myself an ‘expert’ in any one specific thing. I wasn’t just thinking about work though, I was thinking about life skills and knowledge too – like speaking different languages or being good at a particular hobby… for instance, I used to be really good at French – I wasn’t fluent but I could hold my own in a conversation. When I’ve tried to learn Spanish, the French always comes back to me and gets in the way of me grasping it properly…. so perhaps I should just pick the French back up?
As for reading, I tend to stick to quite light, chick lit books that are relaxing to read i.e I don’t have to use my brain too much 😉 … but actually there are several books that go much deeper which I’ve wanted to read for a long time…. so I was thinking maybe I should set aside a little time each week to ‘study’ them so that I actually learn something.
Also, I haven’t done any painting for ages and I really want have a go at fluid art – I’ve had the resin and paints sitting in a cupboard for over a year and haven’t even unpacked them! That would be something completely new to learn and so far I’ve only watched YouTube videos about it.
Basically, there are so many wonderful things in the world to discover and I really do have a thirst for experiencing and learning new things …. so all these different thoughts and ideas lead to me deciding I want 2018 to be my ‘year of learning‘. It’s almost a little indulgent, or related to self-care – setting time aside to develop myself as a person. I want to learn how to do a few things really well, expand the knowledge I already have and learn some completely new things from scratch!
We’re already a quarter of the way through the year and I’ve made good start by reading one of the books, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it was amazing.
I don’t want to put myself under any pressure – it’s a mindset more than anything, to make time to study a little, expand my knowledge on a few topics over the coming months.
So I’ve made myself a little list of things I’d like to learn about this year and I’m writing it down here to hold myself accountable!
- Learn how to use my camera properly – I still can’t totally get my head round all of the settings and I want to understand the technical side of things much better.
- Read about the Druids and then go to Stonehenge.
- Make a fluid art painting.
- Try to remember how to speak French properly!
- Read some classic literature like Pride and Prejudice or Wuthering Heights.
- Learn how to bake – I can make a brilliant curry, but put me in front of a cake tin and I’m pretty clueless!
- Read some contemporary poetry – I have several books which look very pretty on my side table but I’ve never actually read them.
Can you think of anything else? What do you like learning about?