Learning vs Aging
As you get older, your brain starts to harden. Literally. The soft tissue once flexible and spongey begins to harden. Figuratively, it also means that as we age, we become more closed minded and stuck in our ways. Learning becomes much more of an effort and has to be much more intentional. No more sponge.
It’s harder because age tends to make us more confident and sure-footed, more closed minded and more set in our ways. We’re less comfortable feeling dumb or starting over or feeling lost. It’s not part of our lives the way it’s so tied to being a kid and going to school every day and being in an environment where not only you but everyone around you is in a place designed to learn.
So how do we adapt as adults? Try putting yourself in a position to learn. Allow yourself to feel stupid, to ask questions and to be wrong. Go to meetups and classes and places designed for learning. Another way is to evaluate after something is finished to look back and learn something from it. A project, a week, a relationship, an experience. Don’t be afraid to challenge your brain, challenge the way your body is aging and keep things soft and flexible. Even hard materials can be molded, carved and sculpted. Some of the best artwork is made of marble, iron, bronze and stone. It’s not too late. Mold your brain, shape your mind. It’s good for you.