Daily Prompt – When was the last time you did something completely new and out of your element? How was it? Will you do it again?
One doesn’t do something new everyday. The last time I remember I did a new thing was quite a good number of years back.
In India there is a festival called “Makar Sankrati” which is also called as the festival of kites. People also distribute sweets among each other. But the kite competitions all across India are worth watching. Cutting each others’ kites’ ropes requires a lot of skill.
This aroused my interest in learning how to fly a kite. Unfortunately, there is no book called “Flying a Kite for Dummies” so I had to do it on my own. After the festival went by and the skies were clear of all kites I bought myself one and tried flying it on my terrace. For hours and hours I practiced but no luck.
I used to go out when the sun was shining but wasn’t able to fly the kite even after the sun went down. One day when the wind was blowing hard, I tried my luck and able to fly the kite in just about 5 minutes. Once you make the kite fly, keeping it in the air is easy. I flew it for about 1 hour and then went back home satisfied.
But high speed winds didn’t blow everyday and so I was again left on my own. Eventually, I gave up on flying it and now I just enjoy seeing those competitions in the air. Since the past few years the numbers of kites in the skies have reduced drastically. This year (the festival occurs in January), I didn’t see any more than just 10 kites. I think the people nowadays are too busy to fly their kites.