I received a private message from a user that was concerned. He wanted to pick up nunchucks but he was almost 30 years old. It's probably because I look young, but he didn't realize that I was 35 at the time. It made me wonder if others use their age or time as an excuse. All I can say is that it is tough when you're a full time parent with a full time job…but it can be done with strategy. Remember my 5 minute rule. 5 minutes every day. Treat it like brushing your teeth and it'll do wonders, just make it a very packed 5 minutes.
So I think the point of this post is to not let your age or time get in the way of doing what you need to do. Adjust. Adapt. You got this!
Here's a timeline for new skills I've picked up. Most of it was 30+.
Youth was mostly about being a kid with an overactive imagination
7 – computer programming (basic)
Teens was mostly poetry, writing
12 – martial arts (variety over the next 12 years)
14 – poetry
16 – guitar, cakewalk(computer music), songwriting
20's was mostly music and being a dad. I wrote 4 albums, with three songs being published on the Travel Channel. Dayjob was IT, which would develop my tech art skills in my 30's/40's.
20 – music composition, computer repair
22 – Reason (computer music)
30's was mostly fire dancing, teaching, owning my own business, performer and becoming a full time artist. I've traveled to many places to perform like Costa Rica, Bahamas, Cabo and all around the US… and of course being a dad.
30 – nunchaku, photoshop
31 – online lesson skills, staff, poi
32 – performance skills, After Effects, Premiere, doublestaff, fire dancing
33 – HTML, WordPress, selling shows
34 – marketing, branding, entrepreneurship, prop building
38 – cyr wheel
40's is mostly about creative technology arts and evolving the art business so far.
40 – static projection mapping
41 – Touchdesigner (interactive projection mapping) – Many hundreds of hours invested in this. Python language.
42 – Unity but still not very great at it
43 – Ableton / mixing music with generative visuals (learning)