Age and Education
Are you finding you don’t have the knowledge to participate in conversation? Do you feel like you are the only one who can’t respond to a question on a new age subject? Have you fallen behind in computer skills? Do you still carry your old cell phone? Well if this sounds like you, you aren’t alone. As we get older we tend to fall back on our old skills and conversation, not realizing that many people your age, have surpassed you in the newer knowledge of the world.
How did it happen? You are a well educated person and had a good career. You seemed to fit in well, regardless of the background of the group you were in. Conversation came easy to you, then all of a sudden you found yourself listening to subjects in conversation you had never heard of before. For the first time you found yourself not able to participate, and just stood there with your eyes glazing over.
As we age and change, so does everything else. The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn. Learning can mean getting out the manual of your new digital camera and learning it, or setting up your own computer without the help of a tech. Keeping up is much easier then catching up, so get to learning your equipment.
Cell phones change dramatically. Stop hanging onto that old one and jump in and learn one of the new ones. Texting has been going on for years but you didn’t think it was important, maybe you thought it is what kids are doing? Between the manual, friends and online help you can learn anything. How about selling your old record collection online?
When was the last time you signed up for an adult education class? There are a huge variety of classes you can take for little or no money at all. Energy classes are now abundant. Take a class and see if it is a good fit for you? Have you ever wanted to learn watercolor? Go to the art supply store and see if anyone is giving classes through them.
Learning never ends. You don’t have to take a class to become a world champion in Qigong. Just try it. You might not want to learn how to survive on a raw food diet, but wouldn’t it be great to participate with knowledge and experience, in the conversation? You’d be surprised at what a few classes every year can do for your conversation skills.