There are three skills I've always wanted to learn: juggling, making balloon animals and playing the harmonica. Save your jokes - this is not leading to anything that involves scary white face paint or big shoes. However, any of these things would probably score me some major Aunt Points with my niece and nephews.
Anyway, I've decided that it's time to start working my way through the list, beginning with juggling. Apparently it's easiest to begin with scarves and work your way up to more challenging items. I won't have time to practice in earnest until this weekend, but I have confidence that I'll be able to grasp the basics fairly quickly if I'm willing to put in enough time.
I can't predict when I'll attempt the other skills, but it seems reasonable to move on to the balloon animals next. There are plenty of websites with basic instructions, so all I'll need is a bag of balloons, a cheap balloon pump and the ability to keep from flinching every time a balloon pops unexpectedly (which I understand will happen a lot).
After that, I suppose it'll be time to try to learn some basic harmonica. If I get even halfway good at it, it could expand our band's repertoire. If I get less than halfway good at it, maybe I can get my bandmates to bribe me not to play. There's always an angle...
I don't think I've learned a new manual skill since my great-aunt taught me to crochet when I was twelve. I predict that it'll be good for me to develop a collection of new avocations. It'll keep the old brain active, the creaky limbs moving, etc.
What have you always wanted to learn? Do you think this might be a good time to start? Average Jane readers want to know!