Some may find this statement a little crazy, but I’m going to make it anyway. I love to learn! I love just about every action related to learning: taking notes (and yes, I sometimes color code them); listening to an engaging teacher; discovering something new; experiencing higher level thinking, and most of all, reading. As a retired English teacher—none of that should be overly surprising.
Of course, I spent a great deal of my life learning about literature—I personally love the classics—grammar, writing, speaking. Yet, as I encountered new students in my classes who had so much to teach me, I realized how much I could learn from them. I learned about the latest fashion trends, the best musicians, scary movies, fast cars, a variety of animals and reptiles, urban legends, and so much more. I’ve come to realize that my students shared so many wonderful things about the world in which we live, and I loved learning from them.
Even though I am not in the traditional classroom anymore, I am carrying on those amazing learning experiences. I still love to read, and occasionally even watch videos, about animals, reptiles, cars, and especially scary movies. The past few days I’ve been learning virtually through the Avon Convention: so many fascinating things about skincare, fragrance creation, and marketing. I’ve found myself taking notes (flashback to college days), researching more about specific topics, and watching videos from outside experts. Call me crazy, but I have loved every minute of it.
While society tends to put emphasis on physical exercise, (definitely nothing wrong with a balanced diet and some physical activity) the most important organ often gets overlooked. Just as important as doing our leg lifts, walking each day, and eating fruits and vegetables, is the need to exercise our brains. Whether it be a creative hobby, playing an instrument, reading, researching, taking a gardening class; make sure to take time to work out that gray matter in between your ears. No matter your age, you are never too old to learn—you just might love it!
Should you require ideas on what you can learn, feel free to contact me. I’ve collected a large list of fascinating topics from my past students I’d be happy to share.