Last month, I spontaneously decided to start brushing my teeth with my non-dominant hand. Not just because, but to teach myself a new skill. It may not create more connections in my brain like that if I just eat magic mushrooms or my chosen task as impressive as learning how to play Clair de Lune on the piano, but believe me, it could very well be just as involved.
The first day I brushed not only my teeth but also my forehead and had foam running up to my elbow – don’t ask why. I honestly did not expect it to be that hard. But I am one for trying.
For the next weeks, I was 100% sure I carried on with my day with my teeth not cleaned perfectly. This, even if it felt like I have been carrying on brushing for what felt like a hairline away from eternity. But hey, all beginners begin somewhere.
The good news is by the end of last month, I was able to brush my teeth decently, if not as good as my dominant hand. I felt really proud of myself!
Another interesting thing I did not expect was how it turned out an absolute joy to brush my teeth like a retard on the way to learning how to brush my teeth correctly with my non-dominant hand. I can think of several things I tried to pick up in the past that felt more like pulling teeth. There has got to be better ways to learn, and sure enough, there are.
Now if only picking up disciplines is always this enjoyable, then maybe we would all be curious to learn new things every day and have fun doing so. We would never stop learning. Like it is all just play.
What thing did you had the most fun learning and what was your worst experience with something you just had to give up on it before you mastered it?