August 20 - Learning Something New

Learning something new is one of my best motivators. I enjoy reading and listening to non-fiction books. I'm currently reading "Factfulness" by Hans Rosling and "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan. My current goal is to read at least two books a month. I focus my book selections on things that I feel could help me be a better or more informed person. I read professional development books. I read productivity books. I read history, science, and political books. And recently I've started trying to read more spiritual and philosophical books. I also listen to educational podcasts while I run. I watch inspirational vloggers when I lounge with my cat. I listen to people talk about productivity, organization, and personal growth. I try to keep up on the news and current events.  And I do internet research on subjects I want to know more about. These are my active methods are learning new things.

That said, there are lots of things I want to learn that I'm not sure when I'll be able to. I want to learn to correctly do Yoga and Tai Chi. I want to actually learn how to paint with acrylics. I want to learn how to compose better photographs and use my camera properly. I want to understand how to do my make up and style my hair.

The difference between the things I feel I can easily learn in the first paragraph and the things I want to learn in the second paragraph is obvious. The first paragraph is all things that I can learn passively. They are facts and numbers and ideas. The second paragraphs are things that require my physical attention to learn and master. Time and attention are limited resources. I know that I can't master (or even learn) all of the things I want to at the same time. I'll need to be selective and focused on these skills. This month I've been doing a daily yoga challenge, but honestly, I'm not being very good about it. I don't know what I'm doing. I feel like I need a teacher to correct my form, and you can't get that from internet videos.