Taking up a new activity or learning something new when we’re older, has its challenges and its joys. In this conversation, Jen and Alice share some of their insights from learning to surf later in life; and then expand those experiences into how we can all embrace lifelong learning with its humbling, hilarious, and uplifting moments. It’s never too late to turn that dream into reality and the learning journey is as important as the eventual mastery.
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Age is no boundary. Learning something new is not harder, just different.
It’s important when doing something physically, like surfing, that you are replenishing your body properly. Taking extra care to ensure you are upholding your nutrition and taking care of your body is vital.
Finding a community is essential for support and keeping accountability, especially in time when it’s tough.
For Jen, Surf Witches is her surfing community. You can learn more about them here.
Alice explains when you start something new you are Unconsciously incompetent, which means “The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn.“
However, when you keep showing, know the skills and apply the skill your know, you become Unconsciously competent “The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned.”
Smart & Sassy Steps
The Smart & Sassy steps we want to share with you today.
- What are you going to challenge yourself with?
- What are you gonna commit to next year?
- What do you want to learn next year?