Back in high school, I took a typing class: F-F-F<space>J-J-J<space>G-G-G<space>H-H-H<space>, over and over again, hammering out the letters. The classroom sounded like a factory, thirty students rhythmically practicing the alphabet on electric typewriters. I loved it.
At the time, I didn’t understand how important and useful of a skill proper typing was going to be later in my life; at fourteen years old, I didn’t yet know that I would dedicate my twenties and thirties to writing novels. Today, I am grateful for having learned how to type properly; it allows me to get words down on paper at the same speed the ideas manifest in my mind.
Sometimes lessons are learned way before you need to apply them. Because of this, I try to keep my mind open to new things, new experiences, new ideas, and take advantage of opportunities to learn, even if I’m unsure when I will apply the new skill/set of knowledge, if at all.
Also back in high school, I took an English class where there was a unit on grammar: nouns, verbs, clauses, prepositions, homonyms, etc. At the time, I hated all those rules, and I had made only just enough effort to pass the unit.
In high school, I didn’t appreciate how important and useful the understanding of grammar rules was going to be later in my life; at fourteen years old, I didn’t yet know that I would become a writer. Today, I wish I had taken the grammar unit more seriously; having not properly learned all the rules, I must now spend additional writing time editing.
Sometimes, I find myself in situations where I don’t have the necessary skill or set of knowledge, whether because I didn’t chose to learn it when I had been presented with the opportunity, or I had never had the chance to learn it before. No matter the reason, it’s never too late to learn a skill or acquire a set of knowledge now.
If there is something you want to learn, seek out a source to learn it. Check out your local library, audit a class, google the Internet, search for an expert, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be bold!
Learning a new skill or acquiring new sets of knowledge is likely quite accessible to you if you’re proactive about it. It’s never too late to learn something you’re passionate about learning.
For me, I am currently reading a book on grammar.