It never stops…
The process of learning is never ending; do you
go out of the way to discover new things in life or just stick to
what you know?
Out of the blue, you might realise that you have
a built-in coping mechanism to deal with the latest challenge that
is thrown your way. This mechanism was not taught in your school
or university curriculum, but you are able to deal with the crisis.
Maybe it was playing chess that enhanced your ability to think on
your feet, or you simply read something on how to deal with people
at work, or may be you acquired a new addition to your vocabulary.
|It’s never too late to get started
Ever wondered why or how you have developed this
ability to solve the problems at hand? Well… it's because
you have learnt something 'new,' maybe recently or sometime back,
and these new lessons in turn help you solve the problems you face.
Very often, we opt out of trying out anything new, as we are too
busy being buried in our daily routines of going to school and learning
for the sake of learning, going to work for the sake of earning
that extra buck, meeting deadlines, squeezing in some reading, watching
TV and exercising with a bit of relaxing thrown in. It's true that
all these things are necessary, but we often get lost in this daily
routine, leaving no space to learn new things, unless others impose
such new things on us.
Learning something new will expand horizons. It
could be something like learning to play chess which would stimulate
the brain to think, engaging in any new sports, travelling to distant
shores or anything that is out of 'routine,' will help gain skills
that then enable one to use those skills sooner or later in life.
Anu (23) says, "I learn something new everyday
and most often experience new situations in day-to-day life. For
me, life is a challenge and with every passing moment, I am facing
If I learn something new, whenever a new challenge
arises, it would not be unfamiliar to me anymore, as I have already
learnt the skill needed to cope with that challenge. I love challenges
– learning new things and lessons make us stronger to face
this one huge challenge called life."
For 23-year-old Surani, learning something new
usually happens to her every time she reads a new book. "Books
broaden my horizon and basically make me an informed conversationalist.
Also I learnt karate when I was around 18 years old, and it has
come in handy quite a few times! I took swimming lessons when I
was around six, and now it is a relaxing and cardio-vascular retreat
from the stresses of work and life."
|Open up to new horizons
20-year-old Tania (name changed) is at present
trying out different things and adding excitingly 'new' interests
to her life. "I learnt some calligraphy and graphology when
I was in school and it comes in handy all the time. I once read
this book on learning ballroom dancing and I'm sure it’ll
come in use someday. And I want to take guitar lessons, learn diving,
ski diving and surfing very soon. Hopefully I will get to fulfil
my desires! I guess it's all of these small things that you learn,
now and again, that makes what you are, be it good or bad,"
Sayumi (21) says, "I think we all learn new
things everyday. But what happens is that most of us are so busy
to think about and appreciate these new skills, and most often those
new things we learn are forgotten with time and are unfortunately
not utilized in the future."
But why do we need to learn new things or skills?
After all, it's much easier and comfortable to keep doing the same
things and keeping to a familiar road.
Learning new things would bring about a change
in your routine, which is most often uncomfortable. But learning
new things helps us to find new meaning in life and give us increased
purpose. It also helps us to define our goals and achieve the full
potential within us. And of course learning new things is interesting
too… Think about it!
Today's fast-paced life requires us to learn
new things in order to adapt to the changes in society and
in the corporate world. It's by learning new things that you
will be able to maintain your status quo, and in a case of
crisis, be able to cope with the situation, and maybe try
some different techniques to survive.
Here's a potential list of things that anyone
can put on their list of "Learning anew."
Learn a new language
Learning a new language has always been a great way to connect
with the world. Mastering a new language is often not easy,
but it's not impossible either. Of course there's no need
for you to learn its entire grammatical constitution in order
to mingle with people of a different culture. Once you know
how to speak the language, you have crossed the border.
Increase and expand on your computer
We all know that there's no life without computers in this
generation. Even if you have no plans of in depth learning
of computer application or the digital world, you may need
to know some basic changes happening in the computer world.
It will not only be an interesting hobby and an opportunity
to meet new friends, but will also help you in the hunt for
Try a new sport or physical activity
You could just start with jogging or a new form of exercise,
which will allow you to explore and discover aspects of yourself
you never thought you had. Activities such as hiking, running
and surfing may even give you a reason to travel.
Seek career development opportunities
Getting either a degree or a post-grad in any field (most
often in a field that interests you), will help you climb
the corporate ladder. If you are currently working, you can
study via distance learning courses and maybe do some extra