Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Time to Learn

When I was a small sprout, my mom was very keen on making sure I learned how to do normal house keeping skills so that I'd know what to do when I was grown (like I am now) and living on my own (like I am now). She'd have me fold laundry, take out the trash, fill and empty the dishwasher, and how to clean the various things in our house. 

It was the most frustrating time of my childhood, because whenever I didn't know how to do something, my mom would say "well, now's a good time to learn" and then leave me to figure it out.  

How the heck was I supposed to learn how to fold laundry if I wasn't shown how!?

Now that I am living on my own, I'm really happy that I was raised with that phrase/motto in mind. My first time going grocery shopping, which doesn't seem like a very big deal, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find anything that I needed, and that I'd just wander around the store with my cart until someone asked me to leave! But I went in thinking "well, now's a good time to learn", and it all worked out great! Now, when I go grocery shopping, it's really normal to me. 

So, even though it bothered me as a child, I think it's really important to look at new things with "well, now's a good time to learn" at the forefront of your mind.

The week before school started for the year, I took a yoga class for the first time. Now, I'm not at all flexible or athletic in any way! But I made a goal to take an athletic class for fun, and I'm really happy that I did. I walked into that class felling like a fish out of water, but after getting into it, I absolutely loved to be there.

My mom not only taught me how to do housekeeping things, she also taught me a valuable way to look at new opportunities that may seem impossible at the time. Like going grocery shopping without someone showing me where everything was first.

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