Geeking In | 5 Indoor Activities to Boost Your Skillset
Indoor activities stand out as being preferable to outdoor activities to a lot of people, mainly because they can be done no matter what the weather is like, but also because some people prefer not to go outside as much. There are plenty of fantastic skillsets that can be developed indoors through a variety of activities that may or may not be expected, but all are fun, and all give you different skills that become useful in other ways. You can learn these skills on the internet, or on eCoaches, or from friends and family, but they all have intrinsic value.
It seems to be the eternal cry of the older generation that playing video games is a waste of time, and there is nothing that can be gained from them. With the invention of eSports tournaments, with games such as League of Legends, there is significant financial gain to be had from videogames now, but more than that there is the hand-eye coordination that every video game player seems to develop and harness rapidly. Hand-eye coordination is useful in outdoor sporting activities, as well as in many employment fields, and is very useful to have as a skill that comes like second nature.
Reading seems like an odd skill to put on the list, but expanding a vocabulary extensively is the absolute end goal of reading books. Getting through a good novel once a week can seriously and quickly expand one’s spoken and written vocabulary, which can, in turn, allow someone to more clearly express themselves in future. All of this culminates in a more well-spoken and eloquent individual whose reading speed increases exponentially as the books they get through increase in number.
Wood carving allows one to develop their spatial awareness and hone their ability to make raw materials into finished products. Making shapes is surprisingly difficult when you have never carved wood before, and practicing allows you to get an idea of how to shape things with almost any medium, not just wood. Maybe you want to break into sculpting? Begin with carving wood. It’s an abundant resource and it is about as renewable as resources get, making it a great learning medium.
Painting is a very, very old way to record images, memories, and feelings (in the case of abstract painting). It is a highly expressive art form, and learning to paint accurately to what you want to paint is a lot harder than it seems, and also it is a skill that you can carry with you for the rest of your life. Great painters have lived on through their work for hundreds of years, and whether you’re painting for yourself or painting for others, there is a great satisfaction in making the work you want to make.
Learning an Instrument
Learning to play a musical instrument is another way to express yourself and enjoy yourself at the same time. Guitar is a common starting point for musicians, as is piano and keyboard. These instruments can be pricey and take a while to perfect, but there is always more to learn on all of them, making them a valuable method of passing the time.
All of these activities are doable from the safety and comfort of your own home, and all of them result in skills that will be useful to you for your entire life. These skills transfer between actions, and you will be amazed at how many places will yield a good piece of wood, a guitar, or a blank canvas on which you can create your masterpiece.