The Year of the Ukulele
The other day, I left a comment on a blog post stating that I like learning a new skill each year. I don't always do it but am happier when I do. Aside from encouraging healthy brain stimulation, learning a new skill gives life a richer meaning.
I think because I work in the public education world that I notice discussions regarding skilled trade versus college degreed jobs. I'm here to say they are both needed and neither is better than the other. However, I've seen trends in past years where students were encouraged to follow the college path over a trade career. Now we're finding in the U.S. that we have a whole bunch of skilled baby boomers leaving jobs and no one to fill those jobs. Add to that dilemma the numerous college graduates with debt who cannot find employment, in their related field.
It's a real problem.
Skills are great to own. Useful. Handy.
Now back to me. (You knew that was coming, admit it!)
Some years, I forget about adding a new skill to the collection. Or I work on a skill for awhile then watch the dream ride into the sunset without me. The first skills I learned were self-taught. At 13 or 14, I taught myself how to sew a seam. At the age of 16 or 17, I taught myself to play the guitar. I still can't read music, though.
Out of necessity or fun, I have self-taught:
- better gardening skills (currently doing this again);
- how to use power tools (i.e., saws, drill, sander);
- how to change the oil in my riding mower;
- to rewire lamps;
- to tile;
- how to build bookshelves;
- dog grooming (SO LOUSY at this one);
- and how to reupholster chairs.
This is the year of the Ukulele. It is now May and the Ukulele is still at the store.
Is there a new skill you would you like to learn?