Is it so difficult to learn any new thing as you grow old?
After quitting my job, I decided to indulge myself in any freaking activity and be busy the entire day so that I don’t feel frustrated of ‘no-work’. There were these few skills I use to fascinate about that ‘how people are so comfortable doing this? Will I be ever able to learn this and do this so gracefully?’ One of these few skills was roller skating. So, I purchased the Rollerblade and started practicing outside my home. After the first practice session, I was so happy that I can now stand and walk on my skates and can control myself from sliding. That all was well enough for the good start. After a few more practice session, all my happiness evaporated somewhere as I found myself not progressing much. I can still only glide and walk while holding Amit’s hand.The fear of falling is still not going out of my mind.
Then after my canoe expedition, I decided to learn to swim and get rid of fear of water once and forever. So I went ahead and joined swimming classes at the local community center. Once again, after my first class I was so radiantly happy as I was able to float on water and kick it with my legs. But even after 6 classes, what I have learnt is only kicking comfortably and every time I try to move my hands, I forget to move my legs and ultimately stand in water. The frustration is growing each day…
Between these two big activities, I also pushed myself to try meditation. The reason: be more focused and not let my mind wander into futility. As always, the first time I closed my eyes and tried to meditate, I was able to feel few moments of thoughtlessness, but afterwards, every time I try to meditate, my mind is full of clutter.
Is it really so difficult to learn any new thing when we grow old (or young)?