When was the last time you learned something new or tried using your creative side ? Learning and being creative doesn’t just enrich our lives and provide new ideas and interests, it is also vital for good mental health and especially our brain.
Today, I’m focusing on tapping into your passion through learning and creativity to enrich your life.
In order to thrive in life, we need to keep not only exercising our bodies but also our mind. Keeping our brain sharp and active allows us to continue living active and fulfilling lives.
“Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box” (anonymous)
Years ago, I was told that I ‘just wasn’t creative’ and that really stuck with me. Because of that comment I looked at myself as someone who did not have the ‘creative’ gene so what was the use of trying. I had limited myself and my ability by believing what this person had said to me.
I looked at what I could do and was surprised to discover that I did have some creativity even if it was hidden under a bushel. I make birthday cakes for my grandchildren – always with a theme, I can knit and crochet, I can write inspiring and motivational posts for my website, I can speak Italian (not great but enough to get by).
In her book, ‘Mastering Your Mean Girl’, Melissa Ambrosini writes that
Creativity is the crux of your passion
Melissa suggests that we are all born with creativity but somewhere along the way in life we lose the ability to explore our creative side, enjoy our sense of play and exploration. I look at my grandson and he has such a wonderful imagination and uses his creativity to create adventures building railways, being a pirate, painting, drawing, building sandcastles and Lego masterpieces.
Children are curious, they try everything and are like sponges with their learning.
We all have the ability we just need to rediscover our creativity and let it out!
How does life long learning and creativity help you Thrive?
1. Maintains good mental and brain health
Endless scientific studies have shown that continuing to use our brain through learning and creativity is important for good health and well being, especially as we age.
I have written previously about my almost 92 year old mother-in-law who after illness had to move to an aged care home. Her world opened up and instead of hiding in her room she embraced all the new activities offered. She has recently started art classes and is showing some talent in that area. Here is a photo of her latest work. Her health has improved dramatically and her mental health in particular has been improved by trying new experiences. She is happier, fitter and more active now than she has been for many years.
I have a friend who at 60 took up surfing, and we see many people who gain university degrees well into their 90s. This is where having an Ageless Attitude is important – don’t limit yourself!
2. Increases our sense of worth
Learning new things or trying new activities increases our self-esteem. We realise we can do things that perhaps we never thought we could. Knowledge and learning can take us out of our comfort zone and stretch our minds and thinking.
3. Teaches us Patience
Sometimes it takes time to learn and master our subjects. Learning a new language doesn’t happen immediately, it takes practice and perserverence but this pays off when you can have the confidence to walk into a restaurant in Italy, for example and order your meal in the local language.
4. Joining a class or club increases our social connection with others
There are so many groups or clubs and classes that offer a wide range of subjects and interests. Learning with others builds connections and friendships because you have something in common. We have The University of the Third Age, which offer a variety of classes and subjects. Most of them are booked out well in advance.
5. Keeps us interesting to people of all ages
You can impress your grandchildren by keeping up to date with tecnology! Life long learning can help to make us interesting and we can have lively discussions with people of all ages. Our opinion matters and lifelong learning is another important part of having an Ageless Attitude to life
What is something new you can learn or try today?
The only thing holding you back is YOU and your negative self-talk. It is easy to tell ourselves we aren’t capable but that is not true. We are all capable of learning new things or bringing out our creative side – we just have to want to. Make learning and being more creative a daily part of your life.
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