New Skills

At what point do you consider that you are too old to learn new skills?

Ben Shelley

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

I am currently 34 years old and plan to live until I am 100. That may sound like a lofty goal, but my Grandad lived to 98, so it may not be as far-fetched as you would first think.

He was more or less blind by the time he died but he led a full life and would go on holiday years before his death, driving into his 90s, played bowls and loved sports, ensuring that he stayed active for as long as possible.

It is for this reason that I believe that I am in for a long innings. Despite the sunshine and potential that can come along to thump me in life, I know in my heart that I will be on this earth for a long time. Not as long as I would hope as ideally I would stick around forever but we can’t have everything in life and a long, happy life is one point that I can ‘settle’ for.

It is with this in mind that I wondered to myself today (31st May 2023) if there is a point at which age takes you away from learning. Do you eventually reach a point of no return where you simply do not have the energy to start again and learn a new skill?

I’m not necessarily referring to the workplace here but that is a good starting point as whilst I have worked for more than 10 years, I still feel as though I am starting out. I am eager to learn and produce great results, adding strings to my bow as I move along the chessboard that is referred to as the workplace.

I have a thirst for knowledge but know that this is not the case for everyone. Something that is said not as a direct attack but as an observation as in any workplace people are at different points within their careers and therefore, we should not judge. I am not yet a parent and am not near retirement, so should not judge others on their priorities.

In two years’ time, I may be knee-deep in nappies and unable to dedicate as much time as I used to for learning new skills and pushing my career forward. I know that I will be tired and the hours in the day will be greatly reduced but I hope that there will be that thirst and I can still structure my days in a way that makes the most of the time available to me.

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Ben Shelley

Someone who has no idea about where their place is in this world, yet enjoys writing about books, education, entertainment and videogames