I am a teacher and a life long learner. I firmly believe that if we are learning new things and continue to be curious about life and our world, we continue to grow and not grow old.
Learning new things provides these benefits:
You are never bored
Keeps your mind active and may help ward off aging and diseases such as Alzheimers
Keeps you enthusiastic
Helps to prevent depression and anxiety
When you’ve put in an active, productive, and happy day you are more likely to sleep well at night.
Improves your social life: you never know who you will meet as you learn about and explore new hobbies, business interests, etc.
Stay young. As mentioned above, people who are learning do not grow old.
In your journal this morning, I encourage you to write down anything you are excited about. What are you learning about? What are some things you would like to know more about? Brainstorm some ideas. You will probably get excited at the thought of all these possibilities.
What are some ways to learn new things at this time in your life?
You can always go back to school. It’s never too late. At age 38 I went back to school to become a teacher. It was tremendously empowering and exciting to do that after being home and raising my children for several years.
You can take a class learn how to do new craft, foreign language, musical instrument. You name it.
Check out some local meetings in your area and meet some new people while learning more about something you are interested in such as investment groups (I met my fiance at a local real estate investing meeting!), book clubs, Toastmasters, etc. Anything you can think of there is probably a group of people in your town or city gathering together to do it. Try MeetUp! Online to find meetings in your area.
Browse bookstores and your library.
Surf the internet.
Ask questions. If you want to learn more about something find a mentor or someone who is successful at that thing and email them or meet with them. I find people are usually happy to share their knowledge with others.