I have discovered as an adult that I very much enjoy classes on things.

I figured this out when I want back to university, but it’s become more obvious with the little things – a knitting class here and there, painting workshops.

This fall I started piano lessons. We put the kid in them last year, and I decided that, having always wanted to learn to read music, I would try it too. I thought there was a good chance that I would get frustrated, but I haven’t. In fact, it’s been going very smoothly and I’ve felt a lot of pride in how far I’ve gotten in so little time.

I even enjoy practicing – and often when I practice, the kid comes down to practice too.

It’s made me think about other things I might like to try, things that I need to practice. Things that push my brain to stay elastic. And also the things I need to do to make sure my body and brain can continue to test new capacities.

In a few weeks I’m going to Hawaii (I’m going to Hawaii!) and I want to explore – hike, swim, snorkel, maybe even try a stand-up paddle board. I want to just try, because who knows when another opportunity like this will come along?

And if I don’t like something, or I don’t succeed, I can decide what comes next.

Finally something great about being an adult.

Also, being allowed to be crotchety sometimes.

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