Being forced to learn something new

forced to learn something new by the finger splint

I’m dictating this entire post rather than typing it. As I noted in yesterday’s post, I have a strange injury to my left ring finger, which leaves me with difficulty in typing at any reasonable speed. Luckily, all that it takes to heal this is eight weeks with a splint on the affected finger.

However, my first thought after the splint had been put on was; “how am I going to type my daily posts?”. It then occurred to me that I may be able to find an option to change speech into text.

Lo and behold, the option readily exists with my Mac! It took me no longer than five minutes to work out how to do this and I’m now dictating faster than I could type even prior to the injury, and I touch type fast!

Amused and excited as I am by this new discovery, I never would’ve discovered it if I had not been forced to learn something new by the clumsy splint rendering my left hand almost unusable to type with.

I wonder what else I could learn that feels totally new if I was forced into learning a new skill? Perhaps sometimes we do things the way we’ve always done them because we still can, and not because they’re actually the best way to do that then anymore?

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