We have recently been talking about the effect bad experiences with teachers can have on our learning and our creativity over on Tik Tok. We wish there weren’t so many people who could identify with our posts but it only strengthened for us how important it is for us all to normalise learning later in life.
We live in a world where learning is often associated with the early years of education, but with so many leaving the classroom feeling misunderstood, unsupported and let down, it’s not surprising they yearn for a do over later down the line and we should embrace the concept of lifelong learning. Whether you're in your twenties, forties, or beyond, there are countless reasons why continuing to learn and grow can enrich your life and open doors to new opportunities.
First of all, it can expand your horizons
Learning opens us up to new possibilities and experiences. By continuing your learning, you open yourself up to a vast array of knowledge and skills that can broaden your horizons. Whether you choose to decide to learn to paint, delve into a new language, explore a different culture, or pursue a professional qualification, every bit of knowledge adds so much value to your life. Learning later in life allows you to embrace curiosity, challenge your thoughts and beliefs and and discover more about yourself.
This leads to personal growth...
Learning something new isn't just about acquiring new skills; it's a journey of personal growth and fulfillment. When you engage in lifelong learning, you embark on a path of self-discovery and self-improvement. It can boost your confidence, enhance your problem-solving skills, and stimulate your creativity. As many of our students will tell you, tackling the challenges and overcoming the obstacles you face on your learning journey, you'll experience a sense of achievement and satisfaction that is truly empowering. Remember, it's never too late to reinvent yourself and discover hidden talents and passions!
Learning often helps us to connect to others.
Learning doesn't have to be a solitary pursuit. Engaging in learning activities later in life can foster connections and build a vibrant community around shared interests. Each week in our student community, we see painters sharing their painting progress but also their lives as they connect with others, lean on them for support and provide support for others. Having like minded people to reach out to, who understand your journey and the ups and downs can lead to lasting friendships and keeps you motivated when you hit a bump in the road.
Your learning journey can inspire others
By normalizing learning later in life, you become an inspiration to others. As you focus on yourself, others (especially younger people around you) are watching and taking inspiration from you. We often think what we do doesn’t matter but we are often sending the message that it's never too late to pursue dreams, acquire new skills, and strive for fulfillment. Through your own actions, you can motivate and encourage others to embrace the joy of lifelong learning.
Learning is a lifelong adventure that should be embraced at any age. Whether you want to explore new subjects, develop your career, or simply indulge your curiosity, the benefits of learning later in life are immense. Remember, it's never too late to embark on a new learning journey to unlock your full potential. So, let's normalize the idea of lifelong learning and celebrate all the joy personal growth can bring in to our lives.