Do you consider yourself to be a learner?
Take the time and be aware of learning.
No matter how old we are, we are always capable of learning new things or about old things in a novel way. What is also fascinating is that we can continue to learn about ourselves.
For example, lately I am spending more time reading about topics of personal interest. I discovered that it is easy for me to read a book fast, but harder for me to study what is written. What I mean is that I am making the effort to read slower and trying to go more in depth to the messages of the book.
From reading slower and more in depth, I am retaining the material better and being able to reflect on it and even apply it to aspect of my life.
What I have learned about myself is the I have a very short attention span. As good as the book is and as much as I want to learn from it, my mind can easily wander. This wandering is usually about something that needs to be done in the future (planning). When this happens, without judgment, it bring my attention back to my reading. I am happy to say, although slowly, I am getting better at my learning.
Pay attention to how much you learn in a short amount of time, about an hour. This can be learning directly from others, by taking a class or reading a book. When you pay attention to the fine details of what you learn from others and what you learn about yourself, it brings a strong sense of joy to your life.
The photo was taken in a small creek in WNY in January 2017 after a winter thaw.