>> Thursday, June 23, 2011
My sister and I recently had a long conversation about hobbies and learning new things. The fact of the matter is there aren't many people in my day to day existence that 'get it' when they see me knitting, or crafting with my kids, or staying up late when I am finishing a Halloween costume in time for a school party. I usually get a polite smile a somewhat enthusiastic, "good for you" and "you know they are selling a costume for a princess at Target right now", or " Kohl's is having a sale on sweaters. I know they mean well but they really don't get it. Creating something with your own hands. Always wanting to learn something new. Do people hit adulthood and stop wanting to learn new things? I hope that I never stop wanting to pick up a new hobby or learn something. I have my own list of things I would like to either do better or learn. Some of them are
get back into running::speak french::brush up on my very rudimentary Spanish::learn piano better::learn guitar::sew more than just a costume::practice yoga::paint::pottery::design a knitting pattern or two or three
Just a few things off the top of my head. Here is a list of inspiring woman that I tore out of an magazine, can't remember which one. Maybe this weekend we'll all be so lucky to learn something new or open up the door to something new for someone else.
1777 Teenager Sybil Ludington rides all night long through a storm to alert the 400 men in her father's militia that the redcoats are coming. She's called the female Paul Revere-but Paul rode with two of his buddies. And he was captured by the British.
1805 Sacagawea joins Lewis and Clark as their expedition's interpreter, traveling thousands of miles across the Rockies with her newborn babe strapped to her back
1906 Mada C.J. Walker hawks shampoos and serums door-to-door. The orphaned daughter of former slaves, she becomes one of America's wealthiest businesswomen.
1938 Anna Mary Robertson Moses sells her first paintings, at age 78. Known as "Grandma" Moses she continues to paint for 23 years, becoming one of the century's most renowned folk artists.
1960 At the Rome Olympics, Wilma Rudolph-once partially paralyzed by polio-earns three gold medals in track-and-field, the first American woman to do so.
1967 Kathrine Switzer dares to run the all-male Boston Marathon, while an irate race official chases her
1985 Just 175 miles from the Iditarod finish line, Libby Riddles heads into a blizzard when other mushers opt to stay in camp; this gives her a six-hour lead and ultimately, the win.
Just a few of the many on the list. Sometimes a little inspiration is needed. Have a lovely weekend!!