This week I have signed up for an Open University course. It’s an estimated 25 hours commitment and I’m really excited to have got started on something to tickle the grey cells. I am a strong believer in life long learning but it does tend to get pushed aside when daily life is busy and there always seems to be a reason not to take on more commitments. My last formal qualification was taken hmmm…a really long time ago. 25 hours feels doable and like many people in lockdown UK I have more time as I’m not commuting or socialising! #lockdownperks
Aside from the proven benefits of keeping your brain challenged as you get older there are also other reasons to keep learning. You make yourself adaptable, able to push your comfort zones and can help to protect your employability in a fast changing world. What’s also really great about whatever you choose to do is that it’s a confidence boost, that tells you ‘hey I did that’. This applies whether its philosophy, astronomy or business strategy.
I’m obviously all online with this one, so it scores well on the 50 shades of green and it is very easy to access. I have chosen one that has a cost attached, but there are so many things out there that are free or discounted if you are prepared to hunt around or wait. I’m not meeting new people face to face but I’ll have virtual contact with a tutor and through the student community pages so that’s another perk. I can’t say yet whether this causes delight, although it already feels good to have taken the plunge and signed up, so I’ll come back to you on that score and also whether it’s a ‘do it again’. I’m pretty sure both will be positive!
I would recommend you read the excellent ‘The 100 year life’ http://www.100yearlife.com/ to inspire you to learn and don’t forget you can find my year long reading journey @ Retrievingme https://www.goodreads.com/
Update for this challenge: on 19th June I handed in my final piece of course work. I enjoyed the learning, it was a good confidence boost to discover that I knew a lot of it really! To be honest its been a great thing to do through the stresses and uncertainty of lockdown, having something to focus on that was completely different and also just for me, it felt good. Go and learn, you won’t regret it.