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On Aging: Part Three

This is the third in a series of blogs about aging. In the first two I encouraged so called aging people to acknowldge their age with pride and to keep their focus forward. Today I want to talk about the third way we can avoid being “old” by emulating youth: Keep learning.

Think about children, their whole beings are caught up in learning. It’s why five-year-olds annoy us so much with “why?” They are learning. Much of our early life is dedicated to learning, even when we are not engaged in formal schooling we are learning. When we get a new job, we learn our job skills. Why stop when we retire? Keep learning.

Learning opportunities abound. In my home town, Washburn University  has a program that allows people over 65 to audit any class free, and art classes are offered at a reasonable cost through the NOTO arts center. . The Great Courses offers scores of classes for download, on CD, and DVD.  But wait, there’s more! You don’t need a college, a webpage or even a community arts center. You can learn on your own. The point is so long as you are learning, you are growing; so long as you are growing you are living, and as long as your are living, live young.

Mahatmas Ghandi said it well. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.”

Discover the joy of learning. It will keep you young.

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