Right off the bat I will note, I don’t know how to drive. Im a New Yorker. That’s my excuse. I’m not 50 years old. So, I have time to maybe learn. Maybe. Why did I set 50 as the age-marker? Why not? 30 is the new 20, and 50 is the new 40. None of it makes sense anymore. By the way, did you know that it was Nicole Kidman’s 50th birthday yesterday. Wow. Can I have whatever she’s having? Anyway, I don’t know know how to drive. But there’s time.
There are always things we can learn and take into our brains. We should be ever-learning creatures. That’s my life philosophy. It’s how I try to run my organization as well. My goal is for it to be what’s referred to as a learning organization. We should be ever-evolving.
With that said, I do find it surprising when people don’t know certain life skills at an older age. I just found out that a particular individual doesn’t know how to sew and she’s 50 years old. Then today, I met a six year who is attending sewing camp. Let me note, that I had never heard of such a camp before. It actually sounds cool for an urban area camp. See, here’s the thing in regards to sewing. There’s a dry cleaner/tailor everywhere in the city. Thus, I truly believe there are many people these days that don’t even have a sewing kit. Let me clarify one thing. I myself don’t sew. However, I have a sewing kit and can, if pressed, hem my pants. I have the basic survivor sewing skills. I am surprised that others don’t. But I won’t judge.
There are many things we just let go by and that we don’t bother to learn. But do we have to let it be as such? I don’t know how to play the piano but maybe I could still learn. Then again it’s not necessarily an essential life skill. I don’t know how to skateboard but I’m in a good city on which I could readily learn. I don’t know how to make a quiche. But then again I hate the taste of quiche. I’m cool not knowing. And when I hit 50, I probably still won’t know.
Yes, it’s believable that someone would be 50 and still not know how to sew. There’s things we can keep striving to learn and things that we can outsource. That’s the beauty of being the captain of your ship.