But for this case, it works.
There's a lot to be said for children. They are like sponges and absorb everything. I'm quite jealous of their learning potential.
I struggle when it comes to learning new things. I understand a little more of what my mother has meant over the years about things being harder for her to understand. For me, I hate not being good at something. I can't stand not at least knowing what I'm doing or what I'm talking about.
It's like being the new kid in school. The new person at work. I'm the bottom of the ladder and I know it.
So really, most of my struggle with learning something new has to do with pride.
I get frustrated with myself for not understanding; for not doing better. I hate making mistakes.
At the same time, when I finally grasp something it's like a party. Woohoo! I got it!!!
I sometimes think that if I didn't bother to learn a skill or a hobby, or whatever, by this point, that it's too late for me. I'll never be good at something new. I've missed the golden window of opportunity when my youth sucked up all the knowledge around me. And if I can't be good at something, than perhaps it's better I don't even try. Rather no skill than poor skill?
So what's this post about? It's about sewing . . . LOL. Yes, all that build-up for sewing.
Last spring I took one of those whimsical notions that sometimes float around my head and said, "I'm going to try this."
Every now and again, I will find myself skimming through picture of amazing costumes that people have created. I always think, "I wish I could do that."
I finally took the plunge and decided to learn a new skill. So last spring I bought a sewing machine and some starter items. I've loved the process of learning how to sew way more than I thought I would. I mean, I LOVE sewing. I think it's connected to the reason I enjoy writing; I love to create things.
Now, I may never get to the point where I'm as good as the amazing people whose work I've admired. In fact, I probably won't. I may not get even close. It may take me years to get anywhere near that skill level. BUT I've put aside my issues with not being "great" at something to learn something new.
And I'm enjoying it. I've made a lot of mistakes; I'll make a lot more. I learn something new all the time and feel accomplished when something clicks. I've made some fun things that are probably impressive just to me LOL.
Do you struggle with learning something new? What things have you always wanted to try or learn? And I'd love to hear about any hobbies you have and what you enjoy about them.
Here's some pictures of things I've made over the past year.
I've made a lot of baby items because they're useful and easy to make.
(Changing pad cover)
So are pillowcases and blankets!
I finally took the plunge and started making clothing. The first two attempts produced results that would've been cute, if they were wearable. I chalked them up to learning experiences.
I've had some rough patches and I can see all the places I went wrong in each piece, but I'm finally making things I'm not ashamed of.
I even got a chance to make my own pattern and try that out. With some adjustments, I'm planning on making this one again. (Going to make it a little longer and add some silk pants).