Self-Care Challenge (Day 323): Learning Something New

If I were a cat, I doubt I’d have made it past my teenage years. All of my lives would be used up on my wild sense of curiosity. I love learning, and I’m constantly asking “why” questions because there always seems to be another layer to the proverbial onion.

Six of my daily challenge blog posts this year have related somehow to the topic of learning–and a whopping 46 of them (~14%) make a reference to learning in some way.

Thanks to technology, we really have to go out of our way NOT to learn new things. Popular websites are constantly evolving, forcing users to adopt new features; new platforms are emerging, offering new ways to communicate; and some technologies simply go away as newer ones come into being.

I’m not a tech prodigy by any means, but I can learn just about anything if I devote enough time to it. Yesterday, at the suggestion of a friend, my self-care activity was to use Adobe Spark to create my first-ever video for Living Upp.

To my amazement, it was super fun and easy!

Making an introductory video is something I’ve been contemplating doing for a while, but simply haven’t made the time. Honestly, it had been on my to-do list for so many weeks that I was starting to feel annoyed every time I saw it. The idea of being on camera has never appealed to me; I’m much more comfortable talking or writing.

In fact, several months ago I was invited to do an interview on my book, Uppward: A Self-Care System for Purposeful Living, and being on camera to create that video moved me completely out of my comfort zone. I had to really push myself to do it, but I’m so glad I did.

Yesterday’s video project was much easier because I didn’t have to be on camera. Baby steps. (Who knows what I’ll try next!)

I’m constantly amazed by the expansive complexities that exist in the world. Just when I think I’m beginning to master something, the door cracks open a little wider and I realize that I didn’t really know much at all.

Even so, learning is part of who I am. It brings me into a state of flow, and it makes me feel alive.

What makes you feel alive?

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