While age approaches us, as it does everyone whether we want it to or not, we may wonder sometimes whether we might have forgot a lot of things in life or whether we can even still learn new things like we did in our younger years. The truth is that even though some things that we learned in the past may not have helped us much at all in our lives, a lot of things are not essential to know in our future, so therefore our minds may not retain them so that we can learn the things that will be useful to us. One of the main ways we can continue to learn is to remember our younger years and to pass on knowledge to others who may be able to use it, in return learning as we teach. This may require a little thinking outside the box, so we have to resist the urge to be complacent in the knowledge that we have learned so far. This is not something we just have to accept, but something to work with wisely.
The mind is like a muscle, so we have to keep using it to keep it strong. Think about the types of things that really seemed to help you out in life and read more about those things. Talk to people about them and try to keep an open mind to newer trends or ideas that may be currently going on. The status quota will be different and changing as we get older and talking to different people will help to keep us on our toes with the changes that are occurring. Nowadays, we have the internet where we are able to find nearly any kind of information at the tips of our fingers, which is a very convenient commodity. We can’t let it become a crutch for the things we are going to need to know while we are on our own or when we are teaching others, though, and your entire life experience from your own point of view will be conveyed to another person much better by explaining things through your own unique perspective, as other things will be as well.
We all have different ways of viewing life and if we contribute our own knowledge then we are adding to the value of learning to the generations of people who may be following in our footsteps. This, in return, will teach us how to adapt to the ideas of our time and give us clues as to what kinds of things we could be learning in return to help ourselves and even others. Exercising basic knowledge such as math (without a calculator), science and reading will help to keep our minds sharp, and as these are subjects that will remain with us even beyond our lifetime, they can in return help younger people in search of the same answers or material. You are never too old to learn!
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