“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
When we are in school learning is such a drag and we hated it, well most of us did. The fact that it was forced onto us is a huge factor and most of the teachers did not really make it fun for us. Given, there were those few teachers that really made the subject at hand a blast to learn. But on the whole we just couldn’t wait for the school era to end so that we could leave it all behind us. If only the teachers had the capacity to make it really interesting, especially those boring subjects, I am sure we would have really enjoyed the actual learning experience when our minds were fresh and absorbent to all the knowledge available to us.
Now I find that at my age (50 plus) I have this huge thirst for knowledge, to want to sit with books and learn all that I am able to. My mind has an unquenchable thirst for the things that I rejected as a young girl. My soul yearns to fly with the academics and to be able to understand what they discuss. To be able to have that power of intellectual conversation that my peers have. I find that when I start to study and absorb all that knowledge my mind becomes alive again and then I just want more and more. I have become greedy for knowledge, knowledge of the world around me, about philosophy, literature, and the workings of the environment around us, of life itself.
Today still I see the young not really eager to learn, they learn and study what is necessary to get them through life and to get a job but do they really realise the actual joy and privilege it is to be able to educate themselves?
It is a shame that we only realise it all so late in life but then again, we are more mature and the desire to learn is much more appreciated and it makes it all the more exciting. I have started my new journey to rejuvenate my mind and fill it with as much knowledge as it will allow me. You are never too old to learn new things……….
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Albert Einstein