I remember hearing this saying – You are never too old to learn – when I was much younger. I must be very honest and say that at the time (when I thought that 50 was very old), I thought that it wasn’t true – now I know different.
I remember looking at my parents and grandparents and thinking that they were old. I couldn’t imagine them learning anything.
Thankfully I matured and now that I am a certain age, I certainly don’t think that I am old at all! (Although I am now older than my parents were when I was twenty).
I digress. The one thing that I have learnt as I have matured is that you are never too old to learn. I have also learnt that learning is fun and it makes you feel young. It is a bit like body fitness. You need to exercise. I think we need brain fitness too.
Become like a bird,
expand your wings,
learn new things
and fly as high as you can
When I came across this quote it really resonated with me and made me realise that no matter what happens in life, there are so many opportunities to learn new things. With knowledge comes opportunity and the possibility of new adventures.
Thinking back to my teenage years learning involved books, photocopying and writing. I have an old history project of mine complete with drawings traced from library books. We are really so lucky now that we have access to a world of knowledge from the comfort of our homes. It is all there online, and I for one am both aware and grateful for that knowledge.
Our brains are like a muscle, they need exercise and like any fitness regime, an exercised brain starts working so much better.
I know a few people who have returned to college as mature students exercising the muscle that is the brain and delighting in the love of learning.
I don’t know if a return to college is in my future, but I do know that I am really enjoying learning about new things. I am setting myself a little study schedule and know how it feels to go to bed with a tired and well exercised mind.
Thanks for reading and feel free to drop me a line to tell me what you are learning.