It’s a sobering thought, one I consider daily of late. Am I learning anything new? At this stage of our lives, our little brains are pretty saturated with information, habits and experience. Choc a block full. Some of it may have disappeared – you know the ‘forgetful’ and ‘must be my age’ stories, how we try to recall things or simply shrug our shoulders and go ‘no, it’s gone.’
Not so true. I believe it is all still there, only we have forgotten to exercise our brains on a daily basis. Remember homework? Everyday your brain was trained to take in new information. Plenty of it. When we educate our children, we too are exercising our brains in reading stories, assisting with assignments and doing some of the research to boot.
Work channels our brains into a specific goal orientated place – what pertains to what we do. We have hobbies and learn from this, and then we get to a point, at least I do, when I wonder if I am learning anything new lately? Has my daily routine only taxed that part of my brain that falls into that routine, in fact, I think my brain has become lazy.
So I am on a mission to re-educate myself. All too easy to throw my hands up at new technology for starters. Some of it I got the handle of, others are more challenging. Times I ask my adult children for advice (and do you get this?) to receive the automatic rolling of the eyes. So I tend to believe it, but it’s not good enough.
Stay with me here. Let’s take streaming. Seriously, streaming. I had not a clue, and now I seem to be the last person who is doing it. Or really understands what it is. I am aiming to be streaming 101 student. Barely got to the grips with Social media, like Instagramming, and now everyone is posting ‘my story’ or adding little lines and messages on their photographs and I am ‘how do you do that’?
Terms like picmonkey, Alexa, cloud, 5G, virtual and smart this and smart that … oh boy, it is like a new language, which it is, and I have to get on board.
Then there are the subjects I used to love, or want to learn more about, like French and graphic design and never got around to. On board and committed.
So what am I saying today? Apart from regular work, the normal routine of life I follow, I am determined to prove to myself that I can learn something new, perhaps an hour a day, or a project for the month, but I need to do two things with my brain. Get up to speed on current issues, such as finance and technology, and return to the subjects that I love and re-discover, be it Art, fashion, design, gardening or activities such as camping (did’nt see that coming), getting the camera out again and so much more.
Make the time. What I do, is think about a conversation I have with my children or anyone else. The ‘how was your day’ sort of conversation. Do I say the same thing all the time, or can I add to the conversation and my lifestyle by training my brain to recall or learn something new – would like to think so.
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