Passing It On

Learn something new this year

By Linda Buroker (www.lmb.typepad.com/smart_senior) | Feb 11, 2014
Linda Buroker

Aging successfully is all about learning new things. The experts will tell you that “learning” provides the mental and social stimulation necessary for growing as an individual. Are you content with the “same old, same old” or are you willing to leave your comfort zone and try something new?

A friend of mine shared her “Senior Learning Plan” on her Facebook page. I was so impressed that I asked her permission to share it with you. She decided when she turned 60, a few years back, that she was going to try to learn something new every year.

Coming up with a new idea can be a stumbling block for some, but if you are naturally curious and open to new things, the ideas will follow. My friend got her start when she admired a lacy shawl made by a lady in her Sunday School class. Knitting, she thought, might be an interesting project. The lovely lady offered to teach her how to knit, and from that single encounter the first “learning project” was born.

Another year she met someone playing a ukulele and expressed an interest. He taught her how to play a baritone and then a concert ukulele. Because of her obvious love of music, she was gifted with a mountain dulcimer by a gentleman she met at a Bluegrass Festival. The wife of her ukulele-playing friend just happens to play the mountain dulcimer, so who knows where that will lead.

Since then she has learned how to craft beautiful greeting cards, and now she has signed up for a writer’s workshop. The end doesn’t seem to be in sight.

Follow your natural curiosity and see where it leads you. Speak to people, admire their work, and if what they are doing strikes a chord in your heart, go for it. If you ask people about their pet projects, they may offer to teach you themselves or at least point you in the right direction.

When my friend gave permission to share her story, she wanted me to be sure to tell you how much she enjoys being in her 60s because she now has the time to learn all sorts of new things, just for the fun of it. What could be better than that? Visit my blog site to read the rest of her story.

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