From an early age I was a bit of a ‘know it all’ and I’m sure still show similar signs of this trait but not in the same way. Now it’s more a reflection of my experience and travels but I’m cautious to not evoke the same emotion, as certainly discovered that as we grow older we learn a great deal and that never stops. We experience new things, go through new emotions and evoke very different feelings as a result of these experiences.
BUT WE CAN STILL LEARN A LOT FROM YOUTH…A few years back I met someone who was going through a difficult chapter in their life and without me even realising I taught them many things. Being their junior it was very enlightening to see the impact that I could have, as despite my age, my thoughts, perspective and optimistic approach was a big help. I have also learnt a lot from this person as their outlook and perspective, which is as a result of their experiences, has evoked feelings and emotions that causes them to think the way they do now… We are a reflection of our own experiences.
As we get older we encounter more experiences which helps us to learn and develop but sometimes this can also cause doubt, so lets look even younger – CHILDREN!
Children have had very little experiences yet whilst this is a rapid learning curve, for them, we can also learn a great deal. Their innocence breeds a sense of freedom that we seem to forget as we age, so its refreshing to see this and not forget that we can sometimes be tarnished from certain experiences…we shouldn’t let these confine our thoughts or views.
“It is good to learn from our experiences, but don’t forget how exciting it is to encounter new ones!”
I must admit Russia was never really high up on my travel list but due to a friend moving there last year we planned a trip and on our way to the airport as we speak. I’ve written about change quite a lot previously as think it’s good to change things from time to time, whether it’s a daily routine, weekly activities, jobs, lifestyle and the list goes on, but why?
Experiences make us who we are and whilst we are born with specific characteristics we develop most of our traits as we develop. Good memories, bad memories, trivial times, exciting moments, all of these ‘experiences’ allow us to develop as people from basic learning such as, cry and you’ll be fed, to work and study hard and you’ll succeed in what you set your mind too. As we get older we begin to settle as ‘societal pressure’ enforces us to do so and the change becomes a lot harder. We have commitments, responsibility but most of the time are so set in our ways that just that word ‘change’ can haunt most of us. So whether it’s using your left hand to draw, trying a new class at the gym, eating a new dish, travelling to places you never imagined or changing your job….do it! As experiences make us richer as people.
After a week at work and that long aspiration for the weekend what is it that we do with our time? I quite often find that the weekends with no plans are the best, but maybe that’s because they are so rare, as I can’t complain about the great weekends shared with good family and friends. I usually run around like a nutcase trying to fit everything in and then before I know it Sunday has arrived and it’s time to set the alarm for a Monday morning. Fill your time with things that mean something, things that make a difference to who you are and don’t forget what is right in front of you as quite often we let that pass us by. Enjoy your free time, you work hard for it!