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Lifelong Learning

Sep 1, 2011

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”.  (Robert Schuller)

There is something out there just for you that is waiting to be known.  It’s just sitting there waiting, full of adventure and challenge.  Are you possibly saying what I have said; I’m too old to start learning again. After all, I can hardly remember sometimes why I walked into a room and what I came in to get.  Well, learning is not just for the young.  We live in a new and exciting age and we have one chance on this earth…..our dot on the timeline is now!  How will I spend that time?

Excerpted from a 2006 report in television trade publication “Broadcasting & Cable” (B&C):   adults spent an average of 264.5 minutes per 24 hours watching TV.  That’s more than 30 hours a week in front of the television.   According to the New York Times which mined data from Nielsen Research, the average American watched 34 hours of television each week in 2010.  Each year there are more and more shows to choose from.  Back in the day we had 3 – 5 channels and today we can get over 100.

Is this how I want to spend my empty nest years.  Of course I enjoy relaxing in front of the TV every now and then (CSI, House Hunters Int’l and Billy the Exterminator are a few favorites);  but it’s rather disturbing that my couch currently has indentions that are perfectly shaped to my body from being on it so much.  I told my husband recently that I felt like a cow put out to pasture now that the boys are off on their own.  After a small “pity party” which my husband refused to attend; I realized that a new gate had been opened for a club of which my husband and I suddenly found ourselves to be members.  This new club is called the emptynesters club… and the gate to enter did not lead to grazing.  In fact, it opens wide and leads to the opportunity to roam and explore exciting cultural and intellectual outlets.  Pick one today, just one and do it!  Take that first step.  Share your own learning experience (big or small), questions or advice in the reply box below.   Send pictures if applicable.  This just might give others new ideas and spur them and you on to lifelong learning.

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”    Carl Sagan, Astronomer


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