You can do it, thanks to YouTube
It’s August already and what does it have to offer beside scorching temperatures, television reruns, and cancelled classes and club meetings because everyone is on vacation? And what to you do on days when you don’t feel like doing much of anything? The answer could be easier and more fun that you think. The choice is up to you—literally with just a few keystrokes on your computer and YouTube. Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can travel the world, learn to speak a new language, play an instrument, and attend a lecture on any topic you wish—all in one afternoon if you’d like. Let’s take a closer look.
YouTube makes it easy to search most any kind of “how to” you can think of. Searching “how to speak” offers lessons in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean and more. Prefer to visit a country without leaving your living room? That’s easy. Just type in a destination and you’re off. My research was delayed when I discovered a fascinating video series of documentary travelogues in which Tim Mackintosh Smith follows in the footsteps of 14th Century Moroccan scholar Ibn Battutah, who covered 75,000 miles, 40 countries and 3 continents in a 30-year odyssey. Found that one searching “travelogues around the world.” Railroad journeys in Ireland and small town sojourns in Taiwan also came up.
Want to play the ukulele? Guitar? Harmonica? Name your musical instrument, hit enter, and there’s sure to be a video teaching three simple chords that will have you playing hundreds of songs in no time. YouTube videos also come in handy for quick, easy recipes in the kitchen or activities to keep the grandchildren busy. Simply need a little R & R? Search for meditations and you will get sleepy just reading through all of the possibilities.
For the best in lectures, TED talks are the answer. Hundreds of videos can be easily accessed on YouTube or the website TED.com. Either way, there are talks on every topic imaginable—even beyond what you can imagine. A quick glance offered these fascinating features: The magic of Fibonacci numbers, thumb wrestling, robots with “soul” and the unheard story of David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell who was recently interviewed on 60 Minutes.
It’s endless what can be found on YouTube. So if you are having a dog-day afternoon, just pull up your favorite chair, get a cold drink or a snack, and let your digital device serve up a menu of goodies you are sure to enjoy.