I got to thinking over the weekend of things I’d like to learn to do, preferably sooner rather than later.
1. Dance. I really suck at dancing. I’m okay when I’m sitting in a chair; I can bob and weave with the best of them, given a little guidance, but I have no freaking clue what to do with my feet. Being asked to do things with my feet makes me feel very self-conscious, and that first step to the front or side feels utterly ridiculous. I don’t really like that feeling, and I avoid dancing in public. The cruel irony is, I do like to dance. I like to move my body, even if I can’t really hear the music. I would love to learn how to use my feet. I am particulary interested in Latin forms (tango, salsa, rumba, etc), Bellydancing, Pole dancing, or plain old club dance.
2. Yoga. A LONG time ago, when I was a child and a teenager, I was pretty stretchy and flexible. I lost a lot of that flexibility while in college and working after graduation. It could be due to age, weight gain, and inactivity. Whatever, I would like to get that flexibility back, and yoga seems a good way to maximize that potential. Besides, yoga is a meditative act as well, and learning to manage stress in addition to limbering my body sounds like a good idea.
3. Sailing. I had my first and as yet only taste of sailing last May and there was something about it that thrilled me, even though I did nothing but cling to the side and feel the salty wind blowing through my hair. I would like to learn how to operate a sailboat on my own, and someday take a little skiff down to the Carribbean.
4. Design. Specifically, industry standard professional rendering of jewelry designs. I have many sketchbooks filled with designs, but I need to know how to render them realistically and professionally to present them as a portfolio to major design Houses or clients.
5. Digital art. It would be nice to expand my visual vocabulary to include Photoshop and Illustrator as art mediums. Digital art is amazing, and it is a useful skill in a creative industry that is increasingly reliant on digital mastery.