Some days, I feel like I’m totally winning at life. Yesterday was one of those days. What happened? I installed a new toilet seat.
Now, I know this is NOT brain surgery or sponge making but it is something that I did myself that I previously didn’t know how to do. Someone (thanks Dad) actually took the time to show me how to do this and gave me the confidence to try it for myself. So, when we needed a new toddler-sized toilet seat in a hurry, I didn’t have to ask anyone to install it for me. I didn’t have to ask for help. I just did it. (And that felt pretty good).
There are 2 sides when learning something new. Of course you have to want to learn. It’s very easy to get someone to do a job for you and pay no attention at all to the process. But sometimes you want to learn and sometimes you have to.
The second part can be tough – it’s having someone who is willing to teach you. Finding someone with the skills and the desire to share them, for little or no benefit to themselves, can be difficult. In this case, I know I’m lucky to have someone in my life who taught me how to clean a U-bend, iron a work shirt, bake cupcakes and, of course, install a toilet seat.
But what about everyone else?
How do you find that person who wants to share the skills you need to know? A great place to start is your local community learning and resource centre. Community learning centres, like Milligan, connect people who want to learn with people who want to teach.
By offering courses and workshops, we see people build knowledge, skills and confidence by giving something new a go. We see people connect and share knowledge. We see people belong. Giving people the opportunity to learn something and step outside their comfort zone is priceless.
And, of course, it makes you feel like you are totally winning at life.
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