28 October 2012

I need to learn more

Despite being almost an old dog, there are many things that I want to learn or learn to do better.

Here is a short, five-minute list of some of the things:
  • accepting help from people who offer it and being able to ask for it when I am swamped and could use it;
  • learning another language;
  • being able to just say no when someone wants to 'trim' my hair;
  • being able to show my love and appreciation for people who are in my life in ways that are understood by them;
  • minority history in the US;
  • make my own clothes.
In the past few years, I have gotten better at a few things:
These lists were prompted by Jana's Sunday Stream of Consciousness post.  The prompt was, "What new tricks would you like to learn or have you learned?" 


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  1. There is a fine line between pleasing your parents and not disappointing them - that's where I try to stay. If I wanted t PLEASE my daddy, I'd still be a vegetarian. I won't disappoint him and tell him that I've tried alligator and frog legs. LOL!

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    1. LOL!!

      So true about the fine line.

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  2. So many things on your list are great. Being about to fix things about the house is awesome. I am getting better but still feel hopeless about some things. And learning how to accept help was always a huge stumbling block for me. But it is one of the things I have gotten better about doing the older I have gotten.

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    1. The older I get, the better I get at saying no to different things, but I still need to work on asking for help with the things I still accept.

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  3. I'm with you on wanting to learn another language. I think that is one of the most important things we encourage our children to learn, too. Nice list, you'll certainly be a life-long learner with a list like that. Good for you!

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    1. Life-long learner indeed. That is what I try to push on my students, so hopefully I can do the same.

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  4. Great list! I'm with you on the language thing--I speak French and English, but my French is rusty to say the least-I'd love to get it back in working order...:)

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    1. Love that you are (slightly) bilingual!

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  5. Great list!
    I totally need help allowing people to help me! I tend to not ask and then worry if I do.
    I have been toying with the minimal clothes idea. I wear the same six outfits anyway; why not make it official. Good luck with the language.
    -r

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    1. You should totally try the clothes idea. Try it for a week and see how you like it, then move up. Or you can jump into a month long challenge like I did. It really made me reconsider how I dress and what I have bought since then - only things that will go with everything else and that can be worn in multiple settings/ways.

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  6. Love your list! I especially fond of the 'trim' being on both, I know exactly how you feel. I'm trying to get to the big fluffy afro as well. :)

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    1. Good luck with your fro! I will get to fluff one day... hopefully. For now, it is back to about two inches.

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  7. I need to stop trying to please my parents. Especially my dad, considering he's been dead for almost 15 years now...I think that ship has sailed! :P

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    1. It is hard even when the people are physically near us to not try and do things as they would want us to. I don't know why.

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  8. wonderful list! Based on your past accomplishments it seems that you are ready to tackle some new learning :)

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  9. Great list! Fun to see both what you want to learn and things you've gotten better at. We're all a work in progress, aren't we?

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    1. I want to continue being a work in progress - hopefully one that keeps progressing and not becoming stagnant.

      Thanks for commenting!

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  10. I struggle with asking for help as well. Perhaps we'll both learn to do this. It would certainly make things a lot easier for me.

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    1. It's sometimes a hard thing to admit when I need help.

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