Learning New Skills When You're Too Old for Pole Dancing
An article about a quest to learn a new skill in your thirties. This challenge must not involve singing or body parts that can defy gravity. It must also be something that exhausted parents can do without mortifying their children.
You may be officially too old to go on an 18-30s holiday (should you have ever felt the urge to do so). You may feel your time to shine as a professional footballer has been and gone (if you ever possessed any ball skills in the first place). It is not too old for X-Factor if you entered the 'Overs' category but there may be the problem of singing ability (although that small detail doesn't always stop people). It is not everyone's cup of tea to throw themselves out of planes or off cranes on bungee ropes, so what does that leave?
If going on holiday is something you love to do, why not learn to sail? You could take a yacht sailing course, get an official qualification and then be able to travel to all sorts of exotic locations around the world. You could even get a Certificate of Competence to show to your husband or wife and say, 'Look, I may not be the best housekeeper or cook in the world but I am officially competent in something!'
If you learn to sail you will be able to feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin and the smell of saltwater in your nostrils as you gently skim the waves. The only sounds you will hear will be from your family (should you feel the need to take them along).
If you have tried sailing before you may be able to take a more advanced course, but maybe not if it was twenty years ago on a residential trip from school. This may not be classed as 'experienced' so you may be more suited to a beginners' course. If necessary, they really will make it as basic as distinguishing between bow, aft, port and starboard and, well, basically, how not to fall overboard.
Complete a Sailing CV before you start then you will be told what level you are at and which destinations are the most suitable ones for you, hopefully it won't tell you that sailing is not for you and to try something else entirely!
If you prefer there are ladies' only, individual and tailor-made courses so there really is something to suit everyone. There are also family courses and ones specially catered for teenagers.
You could turn the experience into a holiday with friends and family in Greece or Croatia. Even better, you could just pretend you are nipping out for some milk and then travel alone and in peace to one of the other bases in The Caribbean or Australia.
Once qualified the world will be your oyster and you will be able to sail yourself to any destination that takes your fancy. Then there are always the shore-based only courses if you prefer to keep your feet strictly on terra firma.
Charlotte Brown is a freelance writer who writes and blogs about family life. She also writes for websites that teach people how to learn to sail.