Everyone is getting old; not everyone is growing old. But the path of purposeful aging is accessible to all. It’s fundamental to health, happiness, and longevity.
With a focus on growing whole though developing a sense of purpose in later life, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? celebrates the experience of aging through inspiring stories, real-world practices, and provocative questions to help readers navigate the path from adulthood to elderhood with choice, curiosity, and courage.
Learning is the basis of our human development; as individuals it is the core of our personal progress. We acquire new knowledge, skills and values, and we discover.
It is possible that learning becomes more difficult with age. But it becomes just impossible if we don’t make the effort to learn, if we don’t study, especially in some fields. Today there are less excuses not to learn: the digital access to information, articles and books, courses, often to codes and data, makes learning easier and often affordable. YouTube has videos on anything you want to learn under the sun!
Unlike many of our other organs, the brain has the ability to constantly change — a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. New scientific studies show that we’re capable of neurogenesis, a process wherein we create new neurones in certain parts of our brain throughout our lifetime. These ongoing biological processes mean that we have the power to create physical changes in the cellular structures of the brain, developing new nerve pathways, which can directly result in improved cognitive function, a slowed ageing process, and enhanced memory.
A constant learning has it’s own advantages; it Keeps your mind sharp, Improves your memory, increases self-confidence, gives you a feeling of accomplishment, helps you meet people who share your interests, you build on skills you already have & many more!
Some key things that help me:
1. Learn what you want
You’re not in school anymore. There are no rules! Pick any topic that you’re curious about and seek out more information. Now that you are not in school, you have the greatest advantage: you can learn anything you want. Pursue what peaks your interest and never stop learning — your mind will appreciate it.
Keep a List.
If you find something that interests you, but are entrenched in something else? Keep an ongoing list of all the things about which you’re curious. When you have free time, you’ll have an easy place to go to expand your mind. This really helps!
2. Talk to Smart people
Know anybody your truly admire? Somebody who is really good at something that you would like to be good at?
Take them out for a lunch or dinner or just a walk. Ask questions and listen to their answers keenly. You will be amazed at what you can learn if you let someone you admire teach you. This is so simple, each one of us is good at something or other, we can really learn the skills or develop interest in any skill, just by talking to a person who is good at it.
3. Read good books
Some people have great ideas but they aren’t available for lunch. Many of them have written books. What a great way to expose yourself to powerful ideas. If reading isn’t your thing, get over it by starting with books on subjects that really interest you and read small bits at a time. It’s worth it.
If reading is not your thing at all, you can surely listen to different podcasts or watch short videos on the skill on YouTube.
So what are you waiting for? Go out there and learn to play the piano or how to make a cake or whatever it is that you fancy.