Michel Angello, a great Italian sculptor said in his eighties that ‘I am still learning!’
This statement teaches us that even in the late eighties, he was courageous enough to be a learner.
Learning is one of the creative ways to expand your vision and knowledge. If you see a toddler, his first walking steps are one of his biggest achievements, and for him, it is his first step of learning. If you see a sixty-year-old man grasping knowledge in the field of technology, it is counted as his way of learning. A student preparing for his examination to score better marks is his way of learning. Or your mother watching a recipe video to try something new is her way of learning. Despite our age, our daily life teaches us many lessons, and at every step, we try to learn from it. Be it academic courses, extra-curricular activities, or any other form of gaining wisdom, there is no age bar to learn. Lifelong learning is one of the parameters of a happy and successful life.
In this blog, we will come across the benefits of lifelong learning and how it can be useful for you. Moreover, it will talk about one’s perspective towards learning and how age is simply a number.
Learning from ABC despite the age bar
Be it trying to learn the first letter in your childhood or attempting to learn typing on a smartphone in your adulthood, every form of learning plays an equal role in your life.
How many times we have seen a cookery show where both young and mature adults participate to pursue their passion? Engaging in these creative activities is a way of learning new things and developing a habit of building foundation blocks for success despite the age bar.
If we look at the statistics of 2017, in GMAT; an examination conducted for MBA studies, 3.6 percent of the students who appeared in the exam were in their 40s. It gives an image that people despite their age, have the dedication to learn, and their curiosity is never-ending.
Benefits of Lifelong Learning:
1. Boosts self-confidence:
The most important factor in winning in life is having confidence. It is the key that opens many doors of opportunities and success. Despite colour, class, or age, confidence helps in making you prepare for the tasks, and half of the victory is won if you are confident. This quality is useful for learning new things in any aspect of your life. It helps in making you free-spirited and energetic.
2. Helps in exploring knowledge:
Remember the saying, ‘Knowledge is everywhere. We simply need the vision to see it.’ Lifelong learning helps in making this above-mentioned saying a reality. With this quality, you do not let yourself be bound to a pattern and follow the same routine for years. Indeed, you become aware that change is the only constant and explore the outer world without any uncertainty.
3. Helps in sharpening your brain:
With old age, individuals meet with new diseases and illnesses, and with age, their mind tends to affect memory. But with lifelong learning practice, it is proven that individuals cure with diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which are serious neurological disorders. This practice helps in sharpening your brain and boosts your memory and retention power.
4. Helps in developing new skills:
Being versatile is the new black! The continual practice and curiosity to learn something new help in developing new skills which are useful for your personal and professional life. It makes you versatile and adapts to a new environment which is helpful for your growth.
5. Helps you focus on your passion:
Learning something new at any age makes you aware of your personal interests or hobbies. Be it learning a new language or practicing new yoga poses, lifelong learning habit involves creativity and igniting your passion. It removes boredom and helps in living a happier life even in your late 60’s.
Ways to start Lifelong Learning:
- Take your time from your regular studies, think about what extra-curricular activity excites you the most, and join classes for the same. It can either be any sports activity, music class, art and craft workshop, etc.
- If you are in your late 50’s, trying meditation and another mindfulness activity is a great way to expand your learning.
- Learning any new recipe or baking a cake can help in removing your boredom.
- Numerous Non-Academic Learning is available either online or offline that helps in building new skills in you.
- Learning about coding or new software applications is another way to expand your knowledge.
- Take home tuitions and online classes to take any course for self-development.
Life never stops teaching, and we should never stop learning. Hence, the habit of lifelong learning is useful for both your personal and professional life.