Tonight I went ice skating for the third or fourth time in my life. Part of my motivation for hitting the rink again? Improve this skill 1) for the (very unlikely) case I ever have to use it someday and 2) because it’s cool. I want to have a wide palate of skills because I want a wide palate of experiences. And I quite enjoy ice skating.
It’s surprisingly easy to get into flow when you’re just going round and round, trying to keep focus on not moving forward. Yes, I did fall on my butt a couple of times. But yes, I did go for over 2 hours and could have continued.
Still, I don’t normally get out and skate. Mere interest and casual skill acquisition isn’t normally enough to get me out training, and I have higher priorities in terms of skills I want to learn and practice. So what’s the best way to make time?
Seize chance opportunities.
I went ice skating because they built an outdoor skating rink in the shopping center in which I work.
Just as every chance situation is an opportunity to learn new facts, so every chance situation is an opportunity to practice a skill. If I’m conscious about this, I can practice new and old skills wherever I go, with less time investment than my main skill areas.
Going to a wedding? I can practice etiquette, attire, and dancing skills. Taking car in for an oil change? I can take the opportunity to familiarize myself more with vehicle maintenance. Going fishing with Dad? I can practice operating the boat, baiting hooks, and dehooking fish. Getting off work and have an outdoor skating rink nearby? I can go skating.
The world is your oyster, but it’s also your gym. You can train anywhere and for just about anything. You just have to keep your eyes open for opportunities.