As I have grown older I have come to realize how easy it is to follow the beaten path, and preferably not have to think about what I’m doing, because I have done it so many times before. This is the comfortable way to do things, but is it really the best way? Does it make a person feel good mentally and physically at the end of the day?
When you just follow the beaten path you will probably not stumble, there are no real problems to solve and you just go with the flow, but it also makes you bored! You get no challenges and you don’t learn anything and it feels like your brain withers away! The more you walk the same path the flatter and more boring it gets and this goes for both real and metaphorical paths.
Finding new scenery
If you find that you have not learnt anything new in a while and you begin to feel like you are stuck in a rut you should really start doing something about it before you have become too pacified, because getting of that track might then be tough. You see; creating new paths psychologically and physically can be challenging but the methods are quite similar.
An old path is easy to walk, but when you have to create a new one, you will stumble over roots and you will have to get through shrubbery and tall grass and there might be some things there that you stub your toes on or get scratched by, but in the end it will be worth it because you will get new sights to see and learn new things. After a while the new path will get old and flat, so you will have to do it again, but if you keep the process going and have new paths ready, it will not be that hard and you will enjoy the ride!
Mental path creation
Constructing new mental paths is almost the same as constructing paths in the forest, but without the twigs, grass and irritating bugs. What you want to do when you create new paths in your mind is to pick a topic and start learning! You can start by reading beginners guides and then move on to the more complicated information on the topic of your choice. If what you want to learn is some new hobby or something, you should also get the material to start an easy project and work your way over to the more complex things gradually so you don’t get bored because you make it too hard for yourself. Just like when you stumble around on your new path in the forest, you will stumble around in new information that you will have to sort out in your head.
Static brain, static thinking
People who stay on the beaten path have a tendency to become static in their thinking, because they do not challenge their own opinions. Folks like that are not the ones who invent new things! They are also often the ones who are complacent and think they know everything better than others, and aren’t those just a drag? Just imagine if Edison had decided it was too hard to keep going on the electric light and that gas lighting was the only way to go, where would we have been today?
Learning is a good thing!
Getting a bit older means that all processes slow down and if you do not keep learning new things you will be unable to understand for example new technology, which will make things quite problematic in this day and age. There is so many new gadgets we have to use and if we don’t understand them and learn how to utilize them we might end up in a heap of problems that are a lot more challenging than just learning what to do with those things. Learning is also something that is easier to do if you keep doing it. It’s like with muscles, you have to flex them to keep them flexible.
I know I used to be ecstatic when I got a new cellphone, but the last few times I just thought it was terrible to have to learn all those new things so when I bought a new one this summer I decided that I would muster every ounce of excitement I could find in myself and learn as many features as I could, and now it is really fun to play with that ‘toy’, and it is very useful too!
To me learning is an essential part of life. What do you think? I’d love for you to leave a comment in the comments section below on this or any of the other posts!