There are all sorts of articles and research out there telling you how important it is for your brain and well-being to keep learning.
Learning is hard and learning new skills is scary.
Last year I decided to learn to really play tennis. It was scary. I was really nervous. I wasn't very good.
I just kept playing no matter what. I have now played all winter with a lovely group of people and have made vast improvements. I now know how to keep score. When to change sides, and what deuce means.
It was hard, it was frustrating but it was really, really good for me.
So, today I did something new again. I borrowed a pair of skate skis and a friend took me out and gave me a lesson.
It was scary and frustrating and I fell at least five times.
I loved it. I listened to her advice, I tried things, I skied with poles and without, and I figured things out.
My brain is thanking me.
I'm a little proud of myself today.