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20 Activities You're Never Too Old to Do

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published June 19th 2015
Try something new and surprise yourself
When are you ever too old to do something? Never I say, as long as you are of sound mind and body. Having just reached what people may class as my senior years (over 60), many people think that you are on the downward spiral. In my case, this is definitely not how it is going to happen. As, it has been said before. You are never too old to learn something new.

For many people the trigger to learning something new may be that you have just retired, the kids have left home, you have more time on the weekend, you are at the stage you want to change your career or maybe you have just got yourself into a rut and can't seem to get out of it.

Whatever it maybe, you should take a look at what you may like to have ago at and try it. If you find that it's not for you, you can always keep on trying new things to do.So to help you get started I have put together 20 activities that you may like to try.

1. LEARN TO COOK

Bluefin tuna. Yum


Now this will depend on what type of cooking you would like to do. Maybe it's how to cook Asian, Greek, Italian, seafood, baking or a barbeque. This will be something that you will need to decide. For me it would be all of the above. Maybe you could try one of the following cooking classes.

• The Sydney Cooking School.
• Sydney Fish Market.
• Accoutrement.
• The Hospitality Establishment.

2. LEARN TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Both of our kids can play a number of different musical instruments. As for me, I have tried to play a guitar by memory and a mouth organ, but haven't been very successful at it. I even have trouble playing spoons. What I would really like to learn how to play is the drums, but I don't think the family and neighbours would like that too much.

• The Australian Institute of Music.
• Sydney Community College.
• Learn to 2Play music.

3. LEARN TO PAINT

Maybe you have an artist hidden inside of you.


Do you have an artist hidden inside of you? I didn't think so. That was until I went along to a painting class with a mate of mine to find out. Did I find an artist in me? You can see what you reckon by reading the article I put together on Paint it up.

• Paint it up.
• Sydney Art School.
• Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery.

4. LEARN HOW TO RIDE A SURFBOARD

I use to live by the sea at a place called Gerroa on the south coast of NSW, and every chance that I got I would surf until there was no daylight left. At that time I owned four different sized surfboards and travelled to places like Margaret River in WA, Ceduna in SA, Bells Beach in Victoria and Trail Harbour in Tasmania.

Do I wish I was still surfing? Sure do. Maybe I should take it up again? So how did I learn to surf? It did it by trial and error. I would catch a wave and if I fell off, I would get back up and try, try again until I got it right.

You could make it easier for yourself by going a getting a few lessons on how to surf. Check these ones out for starters.

• Let's go Surfing at Bondi.
• Lets go Surfing at Maroubra.
• Surfcamp Australia.
• Surf Skool on the Northern Beaches.

5. LEARN HOW TO ICE SKATE

I have never had a go at trying to ice skate, and I don't think that I would like to. But this might be right up your alley. I know that my daughter Alissa and her fiancιe Andrew can ice skate as they have done it in Canada and London.

At the time of writing it is winter in Sydney, so there have been a number of articles written on WeekendNotes of suggested places to go and learn how to ice skate. Click on the links below to find out more about where to go.

Why don't you give ice skating a try. Photo courtesy of Waverley Council.


• Chill Out and Skate in the city 2015 - Canberra by Damsel Martin.
• Winter Skate Festival at the Icehouse – Melbourne by JoM
• Winter Gardens at St Mary's Cathedral – Sydney by Christina Brandalise
• Bondi Winter Magic – Bondi by Gary Brown

6. LEARN HOW TO SWIM

From a very early age I was taught to swim by Don Talbot's second wife Janice Murphy. Having lived near the water all my life, one of the things that my Mum and Dad made sure was that I could swim. From the age of 9 through to 14 I trained five mornings and afternoons. It was during this time that I won several medals and made the state swimming team 4 times.

Maybe you have never learnt to swim like one of my uncles. Uncle Don could never swim a stroke, but he did race the 18 footers on Sydney Harbour. All they did was tie a rope to him so that they could pull him in when the sailing boat turned over.

If you can't swim and you would like to try for the first time, there are hundreds of places to try. You never know you may be competing like I used to do.

• Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness.
• Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
• Swim Australia.

7. LEARN HOW TO PLAY CARDS

Now this will depend on what type of card game you would like to learn. It could be bridge or poker. There are a number of card clubs around it's just a matter of Goggling card clubs and a number of them will show up. To start you off I have selected where to learn about bridge and poker.

• Clubs of Australia.
• Crown

8. LEARN HOW TO MAKE CUPCAKES

My wife went to a community class in the Sutherland Shire a number of years ago to learn how to make and decorate cup cakes. Some people who have gone to these classes have started up a small business selling cupcakes. Maybe you would like to try your hand at making cupcakes and then turning it into a bit of pocket money.

• Cupcake Deluxe Masterclass by Irenke Forsyth Weekend Notes
• The Sconery at Chippendale, Sydney.

9. LEARN HOW TO RIDE A BIKE

It didn't take me long to master the art of riding a bike. I guess it was in my blood, as my dad was the WA Open Road Champion for two years in a row.

There are various places that you can learn to ride a bike. Try these two below or just go and borrow a bike and teach yourself. As they say, if you fall off a bike, just get straight back up again until you get it right. Maybe it would be better to get lessons.

• BikeWise
• The City of Sydney.

10. LEARN HOW TO PERFORM CPR

You never know when it may come in handy, but learning how to perform CPR may help you save a life on day.

• St John's Ambulance.
• Royal Life Saving Society of Australia.

11. LEARN DRIVE A MANUAL CAR

I am a great believer that everyone who drives a car should learn to drive a manual. You never know when you may have to drive one and it's fun changing up and down gears.

• Trent Driving Schools.
• ABC Driving School.
• True Blue Driving School.

12. LEARN HOW TO CHANGE A TYRE

This is something that everyone who drives a car should learn how to safely do. Sure you could call the NRMA to do it for you, but if you learn how to do it safely, it can be great fun. Well, sometimes it can be.

• NRMA
• Super Cheap Auto.
• Change a tyre in 14 steps.

13. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

While at high school I was made to learn French. I was really bad at it. So bad that I was able to change the class to woodwork. So if I was to learn two languages, what would they be?

Maybe I would try French again, but what about Greek or Japanese? I guess this would depend on where I was going to travel overseas next.

• The University of Sydney (Greek)
• The University of Sydney (Japanese)

14. LEARN HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOS

Learn how to take great photos.


From an early age of taking photos in black and white, then colour prints, then slides and now in digital I have taken tens of thousands of photos and believe me, I have taken so many the have ended up on the scrap heap.

Now that we have digital photography it is so easier to take plenty of photos and then just delete the ones you want. But, what about if you wanted to spend less time taking crap photos and more time taking better photos. This would mean that you would spend less time deleting photos and more time taking great shots.

This is where you can take out a lot of time that you may spend experimenting by going to a photography class. Have a look at the few I have listed below.

• PHOTOH
• Camera House
• Ted's Cameras

15. LEARN HOW TO KNIT

My mum (deceased), mother-in-law and wife use to knit all the time. Not anymore. If they need something that has been knitted they just buy it. There are plenty of volunteer groups around that need people to knit for them. If you would like to knit, maybe you should contact one of your local volunteer groups and ask if someone could teach you how to do it.

Whatever you knit through one of these volunteer groups would always go to a good cause. On the other hand, you may like to learn how to knit something for the grandchild who is on the way.

• CLASSIE hold knitting classes.
• Spotlight.
• Knitted Knockers Australia.

16. LEARN HOW TO GO BIRD WATCHING

Try joining a bird watching club or reading a book on the different birds of Australia and go and buy yourself a set of binoculars and start looking yourself.

How many different bird types do you know?


• Birding NSW
• Bird Watching in Sydney.
• Bird Watching.com.au

17. LEARN HOW TO FISH.

From what I have been told years ago by my parents, I first had hold of a fishing rod at the ripe old age of three. At a very early age I taught our son Chris and daughter Alissa how to fish and over the years I have taught hundreds of people how to fish.

So what is there to learn about fishing you say? All you need to do is put a bait on the hook and chuck it in. Sure you can catch fish this way, but there is a lot more to it if you want to consistently catch a few fish.

So the next time you go for a fish and you don't catch something and you think to yourself where could I learn to be a better angler and bring home a few fish every now and then you could try going out with one of these guides I have listed below. Or maybe you could attend a fishing class.

Learn how to fish and maybe you will catch one like Charmaine did.


• Southern Sydney Fishing Tours (Weekend Notes) by Gary Brown.
• Professional Fishing Guides & Instructors.
• All at Sea Charters (Weekend Notes) by Gary Brown
• Sydney Sportsfishing.
• Fishabout.
• Reeltime Fishing Charters from Port Phillip Bay.
• Akura Fishing Charters.
• Bay and Basin on the south coast of NSW.

18. LEARN HOW TO BREW YOUR OWN BEER

I know a number of people who brew their own beer. My cousin from Campbelltown, my son's father-in-law, a mate who lives at St Georges Basin, a neighbour across the road … just to name a few. Earlier this year I attended a Brew Your Own Beer Class and I learned heaps and how simple it can be.

Learning how to brew your own beer is fun and it taste good as well.


• The Hop and Grain Brew Store (Weekend Notes) by Gary Brown
• The Beer Shed
• Brew By U.
• U-Brew-It

19. LEARN HOW TO BAKE

I am very lucky as I have a number of people in my family who know how to bake so many different things; cakes, pies, casseroles, pastas … the list goes on.

You could go to an R.T.O., TAFE, Uni or Cooking School to name a few. So if you are interested in learning how to bake, you may be interested in the list below.

How good does this cake look?


• Sydney Cooking School.
• Sydney Community College.
• Bake Club (Weekend Notes) by Vanessa.
• Sydney TAFE.
• Brasserie Bread

20. LEARN HOW TO WRITE ARTICLES FOR WEEKEND NOTES

Have you ever thought about giving writing ago? If so why don't you have ago at putting an article together and seeing whether WeekendNotes will publish it.

So how do you go about it?

When I penned my first article for Weekend Notes Sydney back in November 2014 I wrote about a fishing charter I had been on.
If you want to learn more about how to go about it just click on the link below.

Write for Weekend Notes.

Well, there you have it 20 different activities that you are never too old to do. As a matter of fact, you can be one of the younger generation and have ago at these activities.
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Fantastic list. Great work. Enough to get anyone off the couch and embracing life again!
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These articles are fabulous and I really enjoy reading them all.
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