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Step 8 – I took an evening class

Right at the start of my small steps I didn’t have a plan of what I was going to do other than make some changes and, in particular, I knew I had to make time and energy available for me. This was something I had never really done, in fact, I would feel guilty at even the thought of doing something for me as, in my head, it meant neglecting some chore I felt I should be doing instead.

As summer passed into autumn and the nights started drawing in I decided I would swap one of my evening walks for an evening class. It wasn’t a spontaneous thought but came about after the local college adult education booklet was delivered with the mail one day. I flicked through it and there were quite a few things I thought I’d like to have a go at. However, cautious me decided it had better be something I had a bit of an idea about so I decided to re-learn a bit of French which I thought might come in useful if I ever went to France on holiday. I enrolled.

Come the day I was as nervous as anything, worried I wouldn’t remember any French or that I would sound ridiculous and people might laugh at me. But I went along. Everyone was welcoming, we were all at different levels but that didn’t matter. It felt strange going back into a school classroom as well but it was nice to spend a few hours just doing something completely different from everyday life. Over the weeks I made some new friends too.

What would you like to try, or to do again? Why not check out what’s on in your area? Libraries are a good place to start as they seem to be the place to find lots of information.

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