There are a number of things in my life that I’ve watched others do and wanted to do myself but never got the opportunity. In many cases, they’re even things that I’ve paid for my kids to do, all the while wishing it was me.
A few years ago, I realized that while some of these things are adventures that only a kid can really enjoy, a lot of them are not. There are, in fact, many chances to try things you’ve always wanted to do, and as I’ve discovered, no one will laugh at you for wanting to learn them even at my somewhat advanced age.
About 10 years ago, it was piano lessons. I paid for years of lessons for my kids, who really didn’t see the benefit and didn’t enjoy them. At the same time, I felt jealous because I’ve always wanted to learn to play the piano and I missed the opportunity because we couldn’t afford it when I was young. However, thinking logically, if you have the money, most teachers are not going to refuse to teach you just because you’re 35. So, I found at teacher at a local music store, and I took lessons. I completed all three levels of the adult piano course and while I’m no prodigy, I’m proficient and I enjoy it.
Advance that picture by another 10 years. Parker Colorado, where we live, was originally a cattle town and while it’s more of a small city / bedroom community now, it’s still surrounded by grazing cows and all things equestrian. Since I’ve lived here, I’ve been thinking about taking riding lessons, and a few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge. With the help of my friend Lorna from Illinois (a real horse person, who owns horses, rides frequently, and even barrel races), I found a local ranch where I could take lessons. My husband has been kind enough to come along for the ‘ride,’ and he is taking lessons too. Last night, we completed session 2 of our ground work, so at our next lesson, we get to saddle up and ride. It’s not that I’ve never ridden before, in fact I grew up around horses, but the chance to learn how to do it well is something I’ve always wanted.
It’s an interesting adventure, learning things that most people either learn as kids or never do. But, it’s an affirmation that I sorely needed. I am feeling my age in other ways, so it was good to be reminded that even as we age, we’re never too old to try something new or learn a new trick.
So, for this old dog, I wonder what it will be at 55? What about you? What have you always secretly wanted to do and thought the opportunity was gone? As I can personally attest, it may not be too late after all.