In our last post, Dixie talked about learning new things. But what? Glad you asked!
Below are a few suggestions that come to mind.
- Study Art History
- Play the Piano or any instrument
- Take up Tennis, Golf or Tai Chi
- Understand classical music or any other type of music
- Become a master Yogi
- Take up painting, watercolor, acrylics, and oils. No? Paint the house?
- Knit, Crochet, Sew
- Learn to make magnificent sauces.
- Horseback ride
- Make jewelry.
- Woodwork, build a boat and on and on
Explore your options
Don’t second guess yourself. Incubate your idea of who you are and let it live. You may have formed restricting opinions about your abilities throughout your work years that aren’t actually true. Discard those opinions and test it yourself. You are different now than you were when you approached the idea in the past and the idea may be associated with a negative situation that no longer is relevant. Give it a chance. Learn new things. You’ve got time!
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right!” Henry Ford
Maybe your adventure list includes wishing you could play the piano whether to dazzle your friends at gatherings or simply to entertain yourself with the music you’ve enjoyed throughout your life. Make a plan. Start by selecting a nearby instructor who is affordable or a friend who plays and begin at the very beginning or take up where you left off in childhood.
The key is START. Give it a fair amount of time and if becoming a pianist is a fit for you, then keep on. Remember though, new ventures take time for mastery and can be frustrating, but it takes a grain of irritating sand to make a pearl. In retirement, you have time. That fact is as beautiful as the pearl!
Take up a sport, or go back to school!
This scenario applies to tennis, art history, sign language, jewelry making, flower arranging, golf, ice skating, kayaking etc. Your list could go on and on. Learn a new language or audit a college course where you don’t have to write the papers or worry about the grades. Your choices are infinite.
Try a new sport or resume one from yesteryear. There are benefits from an active, competitive sport combined with exercise. It’s good for you; it’s fun and you meet other retired people with like interests.
If it’s not tennis, then play golf, bocce ball, softball, bowling, shuffleboard, or swimming. Take up archery, ballroom dancing, or bicycling. There are so many opportunities to exercise and play with others. Have fun and keep active. If you still have an unmet need to compete and advance since you retired, this could be the answer to that void.
Learn a language; it’s good for you!
How about learning a new language? This one is great for your brain! Well, actually, every single one of these ideas help us to age positively and live the kind of vibrant lives we seek. There’s all kinds of evidence that learning new things is good for us – both physically and emotionally. Check out this article.
What are we learning?
Here are some of the things Dixie and I have done over the past couple of years to keep on learning. We both learned to play tennis and now play on a couple of teams.
We took ballroom dancing lessons with our husbands last winter. I never thought my husband would do it, and I could barely drag him off the floor. I’m studying Spanish and learning to play the Ukulele – with varying results on both! Dixie took a painting course and produced some really great stuff. And we’ve learned how to blog – a never-ending learning curve!
I agree with our old friend Henry Ford who had something else to say about learning.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford
We’d love to hear what you’ve been learning over the past few years.