What are the things I have learned so late in life? There are things that I have learned so late in my short child-hood since I was either net given the chance to learn the skills of my peers at my age or people doubted my effort or persistence in learning each skills that I have learn late in my life. Some I’ve learn late in my late in my short childhood, teens or in my adult life.
So I have not given up on learning some of those skills in life.
The first one, which was a very important one. It tying my shoes laces. I did not learn this taks till I was around late nine or early ten years old when my cousin, Melissa, had tought me this skill. It was important since there was no such thing as Velcro in those days. My mother had tried to teach me, my teachers had tried to teach me, and a few of my family members had tried to teach me. None of them were successful in teaching me this skill. Somehow, Melissa had taught this skill in tying my shoe laces and I have practiced learning from her example. Now I know why almost everyone had failed to teach me to tie my shoes. I was left-handed! Melissa taught me this successfully was by mirroring. I had to mirror her movements in tying her shoes. It was as if I was looking at the mirror. I am surprised that almost everyone had missed this crucial angle. I am thankful that Melissa has taught this basic and important step in tying my shoes because I was left-handed. Now I tie my shoes like a pro as if I was taught at a younger age.
The second thing I’ve learn late in life was bicycle riding. I was given a bicycle for my birthday, but I was never taught to ride it even with training wheels. So I gave up trying to ride this bike till Melissa received her bike which was smaller for her age. Then, I thought, Maybe I can learn on this bike instead. So I borrowed Melissa’s bicycle to learn how to ride in the yard. That has taken me nearly a day to learn to balance myself on it and a lot of determination along with it. Then, it has taken me a while to learn to roll the wheels while I keep the balance. Wow, another skill altogether. So once I have mastered those, then, I was able to ride this smaller bike for a time till I was ready to trade the bicycles back with mine. When I began to ride my bicycle; it did not take as long to master the larger size bike because I learned all the essential skills that I needed to use on this bike. Anyway; I began to ride my bicycle as I would any kids my age.
Roller skating is another skill to master that I have forgotten I have skated before but have use to remaster it. Anyway; both Melissa and I have a pair of roller skates and we set out to roller skate. Melissa has already learned to skate and here I was back to where I had to relearn the skill of skating. So that has taken me about a half a day to learn to skate. That was before I graduated to a pair of skates that I can use indoors at a skating rink.
Oh, there are still more that I have to tell you. Swimming. I didn’t learn to swim by any instructors or by anyone else excapt by observation. I have observe how people swim in lakes, and swimming pools in order to pick up skills that I have learned. So it has not taken long to learn them, and that was before I was immersed int swimming lessons. Strangely, I was surprised that I was able to catch up quickly with my peers.
There is still one skill that I had yet to learn till years later. It was whistling. It all started when I was watching the afternoon cartoon shows and one of them was called, "Silver Hawks". There was one character, the whistler, called the Copper Kidd, that has inspired me to decide on learning to whistle. I was determined to master this skill till I was able to learn the mechanics of whistling before I was able to whistle. That training has taken me a good while to learn before I was proficient enough to whistle a few tunes.
Now I am in the process of learning to blow the Shofar, a ram’s horm. I have bought a small one from a religious bookstore so I am learning to blow this ram’s horn, a shofar. I am slowly, getting better at this. It will take a while. I know deep in my heart that I will blow this shofar at the right time when the right time comes.
So I was a late-bloomer in a quite a few things, and I learn to become proficient with each skills as they come naturally to me. I have learned to tie my shoes, ride a bicycle, to skate and to skate, before I complete the blooming process with the skill of whistling, and now I am learning the skill of blowing the shofar.