Skills I'd like to perfect
Everett posted over on Living
A Simple Life about the things
he wishes he could do (or at least do better.) He tagged me and Mark
to share our own lists of dream skills, and I got quite inspired by the
project. I'm a student at heart, and there's nothing I love more
than setting up my own lesson plans. So, here's my current course
- Learn all of the skills
necessary to create a permaculture system that feeds us with few
non-waste inputs from outside the farm. This set of skills
is what the Walden Effect is
all about, and includes lots of things I'm currently learning:
propagating mushrooms, figuring out forest pastures, growing our own
straw, pressing our own oil, and much more.
- Learning to live in the moment.
Mark has helped me make enough progress on this step that I can see how
amazing it would be to be able to fully relax and self-indulge, to let
go of time completely and simply be
from time to time. I've got a lot more to learn, though.
- Becoming fluent in Spanish.
Ever since my family took me on a field trip to New York City and I
heard some kids chattering away in Spanish on the subway, I've dreamed
of being fully functional in another language. Despite four years
of high school Spanish, though, I barely made any progress until I
began studying the Platiquemos
system on my own this year. Finally, I think I might be able to
speak Spanish at the level of a two year old! Clearly, I have a
ways to go.
- Learning to create community. My
weakest point is my extreme introversion which makes it tough to make
new friends or hang out with strangers. But I dream of tempting
some of our blog readers and other like-minded folks to settle here in
our county where we can bandy ideas back and forth a little better than
we do over the internet. I'm not sure exactly what skills I would
need to make this happen, but it's a dream, so it goes on the list.
- Learning to write fiction in a
way that doesn't make me cringe. Non-fiction is easy for
me to write, but I've always been drawn to a challenge, so I dream of
one day writing a fiction piece that I can look at the next day without
Everett's list is 19
items long, so I feel a bit silly stopping at five, but I did include
about a dozen in the permaculture goal. I've never had a shortage
of skills I want to learn, so I'm sure that in a decade when I've
figured all of this out, I will have another five or ten items to teach
myself. What skills do you dream of perfecting?
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