We’ve all read articles on how we have to exercise our brains to keep them healthy. There are TV shows and many books on the subject. With the baby-boomers turning 65 this year, it seems as if every magazine has at least one article on this topic.
As a teacher, I have always striven to be a “lifelong learner”. There were regular workshops, seminars, and conferences on a variety of topics. I always tried to put into immediate practice at least one thing that was learned at these sessions. About fifteen years ago, I took part in a school-wide partnership with a company that was promoting the use of computers in schools. Each teacher was given, free of charge, a lap top computer and printer to assist in classroom teaching. I took that opportunity to sharpen my computer skills and I can say it was one of the best things I have done.
In retirement I have made a list of things to do and learn to keep my mind in shape. One book recommended learning a new language. I am going to learn Sign Language. I have one grandson, Owen, who is profoundly deaf. With the aid of bi-lateral cochlear implants, he can hear and speak very well. Without those two devices, he can hear nothing. If there is a prolonged power failure he would be unable to communicate.
I always enjoyed math, especially algebra. On the weekend we cycled to a used bookstore and I bought an old algebra text book which I have been using to relearn an old skill. I have taken several classes at the local senior’s centre in drawing and watercolour painting. Puzzles were a part of my upbringing and I try to do a couple of crossword or sudoku puzzles a day.
I took on a personal challenge to read through the Bible in a year after my sister accomplished the same thing last year. I got an app for my iPod Touch that let me choose a plan and I am happy to say I am on day 209, as of this morning. My daughter, Carla has helped me get this blog started and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
I encourage anyone of any age to take time for learning, exercise, and fun.
Tomorrow, Saturday, is my forty-fifth wedding anniversary. I don’t really know anyone personally who has been married as long as I have. It’s something to be proud of because I have also worked at my marriage and have exercised my skills of love, caring, and support for my darling John.