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Some people say they’re just too old to learn something new. They think that once they reach a certain age, they know all they need to know.
While in some situations that’s true, in most others, there’s always something new to learn. Truth be told, we’re never too old to do anything we really want to do. Here are good reasons why you should always learn something new.
Wards Off Cognitive Decline
As we get older, we can lose cognitive abilities. So, if you’re over 60 and aren’t using your mind to the best of your abilities, cognitive function may decrease.
With that said, there are plenty of ways to keep your mind sharp. You can learn a new language, do crossword puzzles, and even go back to school.
Keep in mind that even younger people can fall victim to not exercising their brains. And since we never really use 100 per cent of our brainpower, it’s important to keep our brains active.
Similar to physical exercise, using your mind will help you retain long-term information for longer periods of time and also make it easier to interpret new concepts.
Earning another degree also brings about a feeling of accomplishment. That’s not to say your first degree wasn’t a major achievement, however, being dedicated enough to earn another is even more admirable.
One factor that often holds people back is the cost of tuition. If you’re still paying on previous education debt, you might not want to add to your current monthly debt.
However, if you refinance your existing student loans, you can lower your monthly payment and possibly pay it off sooner by saving the amount of interest you have to pay. That may be the incentive you need to re-enrol and study something completely different.
Start a New Career
Learning new skills also opens the door for new career opportunities. Whether you’re 32 or 62, you’re still able to change careers and have a job you enjoy doing.
While there may be times it feels impossible, it’s really not. With a little patience and dedication, you can earn another degree and find a job that makes you happy.
It Can Make You Happier
Being happy goes hand in hand with continued education. As you set goals, you feel more ambitious and want to push yourself to achieve them. Once you succeed, you’re not only happier but also more inclined to set different goals in other aspects of your life.
This is a great way to manage health anxiety because you are creating a habit that keeps you in tune with your mind and body, allowing you to more easily recognize any issues that might pop up and handle them instead of constantly worrying and guessing.
You’ll Inspire & Teach Others
As you continue to learn and reach your goals, you may inspire others around you to do the same. Even those who once said they’d never go to college might feel inspired watching you succeed.
Continued education will also let you teach others. It’s not uncommon for younger generations to look to others for guidance. So, even if you’re only an older sibling, what you choose to learn can help you mentor others. Maybe encourage a younger sibling to try journaling?