Wednesday, January 18, 2006

another day, another challenge

Another challenge (thanks, Kath)! How often do we avoid taking the risk of trying something new because we’re afraid that we won’t do it “just right,” or perfectly? The challenge is two-fold: to consider embracing the adventure of trying something new and different, and to come up with five such things that fall into that category!

List five things you would love to do, if you didn't have to do them perfectly.

1. If I didn't have to do it perfectly, I’d love to paint watercolors. I love watercolor paintings, and a few years ago I took a course so that I could actually learn how to paint. The problem was that we didn’t really receive any instruction, just assignments. I have one finished project from that class that I’m not embarrassed to show anyone, and one that is unfinished, but I think has potential. I still don’t know what I am doing, but at least now I have some basic equipment. Maybe one of these days I’ll try it again.

2. If I didn't have to do it perfectly, I’d learn how to fly, LOL! Now that could be interesting. I know it certainly helps to stay alive if you fly perfectly, but maybe there’s room for less than perfect. I’m just afraid I’d never master all the technical knowledge to make it possible for anyone to let me get off the ground solo. But then again, I might surprise myself!

3. If I didn't have to do it perfectly, I might have to say ballroom dancing (shhhh, don’t tell Ken)! I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to dance, and that has gotten in my way all this time as far as ballroom goes. I know from my former dance days what a difference it makes when your partner knows what he or she is doing, and I hate to be the one to mess anyone else up. I don’t like to look bad either, but it matters more that my partner wants to dance with me!

4. If I didn't have to do it perfectly, I would arrange flowers. My mother has a wonderful knack for this and does beautiful work, but my own efforts have never approached what she creates. I love fresh-cut flowers, and would fill the house with arrangements of all sizes and in all kinds of containers if I could.

5. If I didn't have to do it perfectly, I would try song-writing. Back in the good ole teenager years I was able to do some basic guitar-playing, and I did actually write a couple of songs, but I’ve never done anything since. Occasionally I come across some beautiful poetry that I think would be wonderful set to music, but I just never go beyond that initial thought. I don’t see myself as a composer, but I love to sing, especially in parts. Maybe it’s that urge to bring harmony that lies behind this…


Ruth said...

Dancing, way fun - wish someone would dance with me sometimes but I am notoriously bad but enthusiastic. When I read fly I thought you meant without the equipment like a bird. I am a little odd today. Nonetheless we all seem to crave the artistic and creative approach to life. It was a good challenge.

Pam in Moncton said...

Good choices! I love to dance but am "stuck" with a more-or-less non-dancer for a husband! Other than that he's okay though, so I guess I'll keep him! Flying and flowers don;t call to me, but song-writing, now that's something I could get into!

Kath said...

Great job, Anne! Hmmm - dancing and guitar-playing and singing. Maybe we will find ourselves much better at all of the aforementioned after a little bubbly, don't you think? Sounds like it might be worth a fun try, lol. kath


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