Dabbling is an expression of vulnerability. Dabbling requires bravery and the willingness to appear foolish. The older we get, the harder it becomes to dabble because we already know many things. We know what we are good at and we like playing to our strengths. We become afraid to try new things. Dabbling requires childlike wonder.
Dabbling is looked down on, when high standards of perfection are used. But dabbling is an adventure, an opportunity to fail, and to learn new things.
On of the people I most admire is a dabbler. In the first few years I’ve known her, she has taken up crochet, balloon tying, wind sailing, and karate. I admire her willingness to risk failure. Her dabbling requires curiosity, a monetary investment, time, and energy.
The rewards for dabbling are increased confidence, the ability to laugh at yourself, and learning a new skill or hobby. Dabbling can be a spiritual act because it is a way to honor your curiosity, discover your strengths, enjoy life, and use your mind. Dabbling is way to experience vulnerability, while safely risking.
Dabbling doesn’t have to be serious, and it can be social. Many community colleges offer courses in adult learning for things like genealogy, photography, self-publishing, bead work, plant identification. Many communities offer group painting classes. These classes are incredibly fun and allow you to be guided by someone who dabbled and went on to become an expert. You don’t have to be an expert to keep growing. Start where everyone does, at the beginning. What have you always wanted to try, but have not tried? Maybe it’s time to start dabbling.