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Stay Curious, Stay Young

Posted by Josh Patrick

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When we age, it satisfies us with where we're at and who we are. Striving moves to the back burner and we slowly move off the stage and start to get ready to leave this life.

For way too many people are over 60 years old, the above statements become a reality. Instead, I would rather see you always be thinking about what can make you and your life better. For most, this would be a continuation of expanding who and what we are.

Here are a few examples of what you can do to make yourself better and make your life better at the same time.

Continue to learn new things.

This might be the most important thing you can do. When you learn new things you get to hang out with new people and you get to keep your brain active.

Research shows that using your brain is one of the most important things you can do as you age. Too many people retire, sit in front of a TV and never get around to challenging their assumptions or continue learning.

There are lots of ways to learn. You can read books, take classes or audit classes at a local college. The latter is good for lots of reasons. You can travel and have your travel be around learning. You just might find the people who go on the excursions are very interesting. The friendships and conversations you would could turn into a new social circle for you.

Make sure you stay curious.

I probably should have put this section first. The key to making yourself better is being curious. When you’re curious, you’ll be looking at life in a different way. You will ask, “What would happen if” a lot. You’ll find that others have valid points you may have never thought about.

Curiosity isn’t only about learning. It’s asking others questions. It’s digging deep and finding what you have in common, even with those you really disagree. The truth is, when we’re curious we find we have much more in common than we have differences. In fact, most of the differences are superficial while what we have in common isn’t.

Actively work to keep a strong social circle.

As we age, it’s easy to let social relationships fall by the wayside. This is something I hope you don’t do. If you find that you’re seeing old relationships like the ones you made at work fall away it’s important to find others to replace them.

One problem we see seniors have is they just become more and more lonely. Once you pass 60, you will find that your friends die. It’s not something that will happen in a big way at first, but it will happen.

You will want to put yourself in a position to meet new people. I can’t emphasize how important this is. I also know how hard it is to do. It’s one thing I keep working on.

Find new hobbies to learn.

When you leave work You’ll find there’s a lot of time that you have to fill. It’s a time where you get to use your curiosity to see what’s new in the world you want to know more about.

My father became a pretty good potter after he retired. Other friends have ridden their bicycles across America. There are hundreds if not thousands of hobbies in the world. You just have to find one and find others to join you in your quest for new things to do in your life.

Find younger people to hang out with.

You may think young people want to have nothing to do with you. For some this is true. But, for others they’ll welcome you and think you’re cool. You just have to make the first move. Younger people might at first wonder why you want to hang out with them. If you find younger folks in the new hobbies or curiosities, you’re forming there’s a natural reason for them to want to spend time with you.

What do you think? Are you willing to learn new things and work your curiosity muscles? If you do, I bet you’ll find your life getting better. Why don’t you hit return and let me know what you think in the comments below?

Topics: curiosity, life long learning, new relationships, staying young

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