Thursday, January 15, 2009

Learning Mah Jong

I am trying to do all kinds of brain exercises in order to recover from the stroke.
Today I had a lesson from a very gracious Chinese women on how to play Mah Jong. This is the real deal with tiles -not the computer game. Some people said that I shouldn't try Mah Jong as it was too complicated and has many symbols to learn along with Chinese words.

I was worried I would embarrass myself or get so frustrated I would do something stupid. Since the stroke, I am what my family calls "unfiltered" - I have trouble with impulse control and I just blurt out what comes to my mind; not always good in social situation. But this is the year for me to try new things and go out of my comfort zone. At 1:00 PM I showed up at the clubhouse with three other people to learn the game. Interestingly, it was not hard for me to pick up the basics. I had to learn numbers and word spellings again after the stroke so it felt like the same kind of exercises.

I was so pleased, it was fun and it was good to be with three other people learning the game at the same time - I almost felt normal.


  1. are NORMAL; others are different.
    By the way, we had a nice stroke support group Wednesday, and I hope that you can make some in the future. They are eager to meet you.

  2. You are extraordinary, Darcie! You can still beat me in Scrabble, stroke or no stroke. :)