If you've always wanted to learn how to juggle, you'll be happy to know it's actually pretty easy to learn. All you need is a little patience — and a few plastic bags.
It's easy to assume that skills like juggling are silly or impractical. However, some studies have shown that juggling actually improves concentration, dexterity, and even helps relieve stress.
In the video above from the SlickJuggling YouTube channel, David Slick, world record holder for the longest duration juggling, shows how most jugglers get their start: with scarves. That's right, if you want to learn how to juggle, you toss floaty scarves instead of balls, rings, batons, pins, or fire.
The way you practice is simple. Sit down on the ground. Start with two scarves — one on the ground to your left, and one in your left hand. Now throw the scarf in your left hand to the right, and pick up the one on the ground. Repeat on the other side and you have the basic mechanics down.
Add the third scarf now. Hold two scarves and place one on your left side. Throw the scarf in your left hand, pick up the scarf on your left, throw the scarf in your right hand, pick up the scarf on your right. Throw, pick up, throw, pick up, etc. Eventually you'll be quick enough to throw and catch them while they hang in the air.
Getting into a routine and building rituals for yourself is good for you, but if you want inspiration for personal growth, challenging yourself to always be a rookie at something — whether it's a new hobby, a skill, a language or academic subject — is a great place to start.
Best of all, you don't need to go buy special juggling scarves. You can use plastic supermarket bags since they're just as floaty and easy to snatch. Over time, you'll be able to move on to balls or bean bags using the same technique. When you're ready to stand and do it, or you're trying the heavier stuff, try standing over a bed to make things easier. Keep at it and you'll be a world class juggler in no time.