Mr. Simpleton, over at Living a Simple Life, invited readers to participate in "Things I Wish I Could Do - or at least wish I could do better". I was one of those personally invited (tagged!), to play along.
At first I didn't think I could come up with even one thing, let alone a list. I pretty much accept my strengths and limitations, though I admit that I do have a lot of interests. The more I thought about this however, the easier it got. Here are the things I wish I could do, or at least do better:
1. Ride. Horseback I mean. I was one of those kids who asked Santa for a pony every year. Then begged for riding lessons. I still wish I could have a horse and ride.
2. Play a musical instrument. Not that I haven't dabbled. I took guitar lessons when I was a kid, but was too shy to let anyone hear me. I took piano and viola in college, but couldn't pursue it after that. If I had to pick anything now, it would be piano. I would love to be able to play the classics.
3. Speak another language. I took German in high school, and have tried to relearn it on several occasions. Not being able to use it though means there isn't much motivation to stick with it. I can sometimes get the gist of a conversation in German, but that's about it.
4. Be a master herbalist. I've studied toward this direction from time to time, but have too many other interests to stick with it. And like most other things in life, after awhile I tend to forget what I've learned!
5. Square dance. I am by no means athletic, but this is the kind of activity I could enjoy.
6. Landscape design. This is a thing that really baffles me. I have several areas around the house in mind, but particularly my front yard. It's a large area designated to be our perennial garden, focusing primarily on herbs. It's design has been on my "To Do" list ever since we bought the place a year an a half ago. There are a lot of good books and websites on permaculture. I'm finding though, that understanding concepts and principles is one thing, using them to create a design for a specific location is another.
7. Build things. I have a very basic knowledge of tools, but I am clueless about building. Sometimes I wish I could take an afternoon and whack up some shelves, or some bedding frames for the garden. Not that I couldn't find directions and follow them. It seems to have more to do with using the tools themselves. They feel awkward in my hands. I am intimidated by power tools, and have neither strength nor skill to do it all by hand.
8. Fix things. The bottom line is that I'm not mechanically minded. Oh, I'm analytical in my problem solving, but some things really stump me. My brain seems to be geared more toward aesthetics and design (with the exception of #5 above), than mechanics and function. For example I can see, design, understand, implement, and adjust a complex weave structure on my loom, but if something is wrong with the loom itself, then I'm clueless. I'll look the thing over carefully and still not know what to do. On the other hand Dan, who knows nothing about weaving, will come in, take a quick look, and fix it. Of course, these opposite abilities are why we make such a good team. :)
This challenge is open to anyone who wants to participate. In particular though, I'd like to invite
Barb at Fun With Fiber
Tami at 500 Dollar Tomato
Vicki at Scotch Bush Farm
I have to say that this was a fun exercise. And when you think about it, with a list like this, there's no reason for anyone to ever get bored with life.
Things I Wish I Could Do © November 2010 by Leigh at http://my5acredream.blogspot.com/