Learning for Life

The new school year has arrived and the kids are back at it.  Personally I’m thrilled to not be attending classes each year anymore, and happy to be able to learn whatever and whenever I want.  Spring and fall are two seasons that typically invite people to explore.  It’s not so hot, yet not too cool so we’re not encumbered by big jackets, ice or snow or heat waves.  It’s a great time for people to go on hikes, take day trips, visit museums and aquariums and generally get out there to explore the great world we live in.

One of my favorite memories of growing up would be of the weekend we went to Vermont each year and the little stores we got to know and places we would always go.  It was a fun weekend to see leaves and visit a part of the country that was similar yet very different from New Jersey.

Most of us are born with that need to go out and see more of our world.  Some of us call it roaming, some call it an adventure and others are seen as free spirits.  However you view it, it’s important for us to get out there and explore the world beyond ours.  We’re not even to space travel and other planets that might have life on them, we’re still trying to learn about the world we live in.

As I’ve said in the past, it goes back to being important that we are curious about our world.  Curiosity and exploration keep our mind and body healthy and help us become smarter by making connections, comparisons and contributions.

It’s been said that when some people retire it’s like their life is over.  Why?  Because they’re no longer getting the necessary stimulation to live and thrive.  We all need some challenge in our daily lives, or else we end up vegetables and apathetic about life.

What will you be curious about and explore this week? Maybe it’s time for you and your partner to try some new things.  Maybe it’s time for you to really get to know your child or teen.  Maybe it’s time to learn who you really are and not who the world says you should be.  What will you learn this week?

“There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities.”  Ray Charles


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