Skills are important to us. when we are babies our parents teach us to walk, talk, eat and potty train us. As toddlers we learn to ride a tribike, catch a ball, play football all the other basics. Ready for school we learn to ride a bike, how to behave in traffic, read, write and how to put two and two together.
Every year new skill are added to the ingress we already have.
Unfortunately I see many people lack basic skills such as cooking, cleaning and light craftsmanship. Not only youngsters but people my age also.
Having skills, saves you a whole lot of money, but it’s also very satisfactory. If you can do it yourself, you don’t need to pay someone to do it for you and you can proudly say I did this in myself.
But what can you do if nobody ever taught you the basics?
My 14 year old suddenly developed an interest in mechanics last year. My husband is not into that, so who could teach him?
The solution was we have him a very old moped for his confirmation. An old Yamaha from 1976 which he now uses his spare time and all his money (and some of mine too) on restoring. His best friend is into mechanics and now he’s teaching my son. So he’s passing his skills on.
I´m also passing some of my skills on. Right now I´m involved in a project where we are trying to save some old buldings in out town. The one building has been a local youth hostel for many years and will be closed later this year it we don´t save it. Another building was our hospital till the 1960ies when it was closed and later on it was a home for elderly. The recent years it has been empty and our municipality have plans to sell everythings to a developer who will probably build 80-100 new homes there. We are working for keeping the hostel and creating a citizens house on the location. My skills as a project manager and ressouce planner are very handy in this project. The others are into communication with authorities, fund raising and networking. All these skills contribute to a perfect little project group, where we each contribute with our personal skills.
YouTube is also great for getting new skills. If course there is a lot of crap on YouTube, but it’s also a big library of skills. You can learn pratically anything, from basic housekeeping to how to build a rocket.
This spring I have used YouTube to learn how to crochet, which I never learned it when I was young and now its so popular. YouTube helped me on the basics and now I´ve already made some good stuff – small purses and dish cloths.
My husband and I teach our boys skills every day, from cleaning and cooking to putting up a tent, fishing, building a shed in the backyard , using the sowing machine to make small repairs and so on.
In school they have seen a deer being gralloched (disemboweled), they have chopped the head of a chicken and prepared it for dinner. My oldest and his friends helped the janitor to take down the old school kitchen and I just helped my youngest with putting up a tent. He is going on a school camp next week and wanted to bring a tent. But since mummy is not going to the camp and the teachers cannot put up 20 tents, I demanded that he should learn how to put it up by himself in order to bring it. So we did and of your the manual was not correct and we had to figure out how to do it ourselves. We finally succeeded and now he has to learn how to dismantle it and pack it up again so that it also fits into the bag.