This is a collaborative post.
It can feel a little overwhelming when you start something new as an adult. Why’s that? Well, there’s a hidden, irrational and incorrect assumption that if you’ve made it to this age without being at least slightly skilled in this discipline, you have wasted your time. But that makes no sense. Perhaps you only recently felt inclined to do this recently. Maybe you’re the only critic thinking this. No matter if you’re a mid-40’s individual going back to community college or learning to sing for the first time, you’re never too old to learn a new hobby in adulthood!
‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is simply incorrect. Think of all the new hobbies retirees take up to fill their time. This is how you keep life engaging and continually fresh.
Yet we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s say you have identified a brilliant hobby you wish to engage with. Ballet dancing, for example. How can you get started? What mistakes must you avoid? And, more importantly, how can you enjoy this without feeling obligated to chase perfection? Let’s consider the simple advice that really works:
Find The Right Tutorship
Finding the right tutorship is an essential task. It’s hard to overstate how important this is. This might mean finding a mentor in woodworking or joining the Royal Academy of Dance for adult lessons outside of the syllabus. This can help you progress at twice the speed you may have otherwise, and it gets you engaged in the social and illustrative principles of the hobby or practice. What a fantastic place to start that will be.
Practice A Little Each Day
It’s important to practice a little each day, at least to some degree. This might mean reading an article one day, because that’s all you have time for. Another day it might mean practicing for several hours, or heading to the shops to invest in new paints. Of course, you don’t have to do something massive each day, nor even keep up with a perfectly strict daily schedule, the principle here is that you must keep the passion and fire alive. It’s very easy to find a hobby and not stick with it. If you don’t feel so engaged with it that’s completely fine, but it can feel tiring to give up because you just didn’t invest time into it. Remember, this is the fun part!
Understand Theory & Practice
No hobby is separated from educational principles that help form it. This is where the fun lies. Understanding the theory and practice can help you improve, and that will help you understand just how much you have to learn. For instance, practicing chords and learning to read music as a new guitar player could just help you inform your practice, and while it’s work, it’s fun work – the kind of work that’s indistinguishable from play. If you dedicate yourself to starting a new hobby, learn its tenets. You’ll be better off for it.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily start a new hobby in adulthood, in the best possible manner.
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