I don’t know how to sew a button. My mom has tried to teach me for years, but it never stuck. And so, two weeks ago when the top button came loose and eventually came off of a shirt, I now just don’t wear that shirt.
I’ve also hinted a little before about my atrocious cooking skills. I can more or less follow a recipe, but I burn things more often than not. I also can’t improvise in the kitchen the way my husband can.
Lastly, I am ashamed to say that I know absolutely nothing about my car. I might be able to change a tire by winging it, but I certainly would never even consider trying to change my own oil.
Often, the learning community focuses heavily on the core subjects. Math, science, literature, history, and all those are great things to learn, but there’s something to be said about learning something that they may not have taught you in school. And that’s where the glory of learning online really shines. Online, you can learn how to cook better, clean better, or even learn to apply your makeup better. You can learn how to sew, crochet, or make your own bookshelf. It can even be as simple as making a better cup of coffee.
But why should you spend your time learning a life skill? Time is precious after all, and we’re all pretty busy people.
It will make you more productive.
I’m well aware that I am not the only person who feels more together when everything around me is taken care of. When I’m sitting at my desk trying to be productive, nothing nags more at my mind than the unsewn button. Or the stain I can’t get out of my pants. Or the carpet being covered in dog hair. When you learn how to efficiently take care of those little nagging things, you will be able to focus on the important stuff.
It will make you more mentally stable.
That might sound a little strange. But think about the time you spend on Netflix just trying to unwind from your day. You may feel more relaxed at the end of it, but deep down you feel a little guilty for not being productive. If you knew some sort of craft, you could spend your time working on that while unwinding from your day. At the end, you would have something concrete to show for your time. You might even be able to make a little side hustle out of it. Crocheting, knitting, building things, they’re all ways to focus your energy in productive ways, and they’re easy to learn!
It will make you happier.
Think about it. What’s more of a downer than trying to cook dinner and failing epically? For most of us millenials, that’s probably all the food we had for the night, and we have to eat whatever we just burned or added the wrong spice to. If we have better knowledge in a basic life skill like cooking, we can use those to make what we have into something great, instead of something just passable.
That being said: if the skill you’re learning does not make you happy, you’re doing it wrong. If you absolutely HATE the idea of learning to change your own oil, you’re better off bringing it to the shop. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Don’t be afraid to start something and then drop it if you don’t like it. And absolutely DO make the time and the space when you find something you love.