No matter your age or current standing in life, learning is boundless in every aspect. It’s scientifically proven that our brains are attracted to novelty in itself, and this can be found in various different forms. The human brain is a complex system that is constantly running, and it’s our responsibility to fill our own brain with unfamiliar and rattling thoughts in order to test our minds. Seeing how our brains handle unfamiliar material allows us to push our boundaries and stimulate our lives.
Education should never fade out of your life, and if you’re constantly learning, the world becomes so much more monumental than how you’ve seen it before. Making education a part of your everyday life is for everyone, no matter your age or how many college degrees you have earned. There’s always something more that you may not already know about your mind, body, and relationships.
Education Is Unique from Start to Finish
In my early years of schooling, my dad was known to pile crossword puzzles onto my desk each day when he got home from work. Under the assumption that I’d finish them (which was often difficult), he’d teach me all the tricks for always knowing the answers that’d fit in each designated box.
I found myself loving the freshness of learning new vocabulary words that would appear in puzzles. While initially I only dabbled in the children’s editions of crosswords, this translated into a lifetime of keeping my mind sharp. I now try my best to complete the New York Times crosswords each day.
Even if I can only complete the Monday and Tuesday puzzles, which is often the case, I’m still learning new things every single day. Whether it be a vocabulary word, a historical fact, or something I never would have thought of on my own, I never finish a puzzle without picking up a few new pieces of information. A hobby which was forced onto me as a child has enabled me to love learning even in its most modest forms, and that counts for something.
Avert Your Eyes from the Normal
Sometimes, my weekly trip to the grocery store finds a way to become very overwhelming very fast. All the different options look me straight in the face, and while I don’t always know what the best option is, I’m trying to turn it into a learning experience.
In addition to learning more about the different tastes on the shelves, we can also learn about what exactly it is that we choose to put into our bodies. Next time you scour the shelves in your local supermarket, take some time to read the nutrition facts on some of your favorite products. Having this knowledge about your meals can give you instruction on how to better your eating habits. In the wake of a genetically modified food environment, it’s beneficial for yourself to learn about what foods can help your body, and those which have the ability to destroy it.
There’s No Fear in Friendship
Oftentimes, I find that other people are what keep me on my toes. From each person I meet, I learn a new “thing,” and however large or small, I put it in my bank of knowledge. Over time, we collect knowledge from the people that we meet (in addition to what we give to others), places we see, and things we express interest in. This is what creates a well-rounded character and a never-ending life of fascination.
Learning can enable you to meet new people, and turn itself into a social endeavor that can be fun and exhilarating. Giving yourself permission to dive deep into the unknown, surrounded by others in the same boat, is something that has the power to make your life extraordinary.
Something I’ve recognized throughout my life is that not all your teachers are going to be older than you. While more years out in the world will provide you with more experiences, I’ve allowed my mind to run around aimlessly through the undiscovered parts of life alongside my lifelong friend, Erica. I look up to her a lot, mainly because she taught me that being passionate about many things is beautiful. One of the passions we both share is the value of education in our everyday lives and how it is bountiful in every setting.
Whether it be through taking a class, joining a book club, or pursuing a certain hobby, opening yourself to the wonders of learning will forever provide you with new adventures. The unknown is like a blanket of fresh snow. You have to walk through it in order to learn what’s underneath.
Although your career may be nearing its end, we can’t let our brains remain stagnant – our brains are meant for learning! There’s no maximum capacity for the amount of knowledge a human brain can hold. If your dreams are bigger than what you’re currently experiencing, don’t ignore them. Our brains are capable of so much that we haven’t even taken the chance to try. You won’t ever know what’s over the hedge if you don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone. Tell us how you push the boundaries of you brain in your everyday life!
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Step Two: Sell
Once your items are sorted, revisit the “throw away” pile and determine which items should be donated and which should be sold. When making the decision, monetary value will come back into play. You can bring items to a pawn shop or pursue online selling sites, such as Craigslist or Ebay, to see how much your items are worth.
Several different apps exist to make the sell step a lot easier. Try LetGo—an app similar to Craigslist that allows you to buy and sell locally. Simply download the app, create an account, take a picture of your item, upload your sale, and wait for the item to sell. LetGo customers can buy and sell electronics, furniture, home decor, cars, and more.
If you have items that aren’t worth much money but are still in good condition, consider donating them to a local shelter or another charity. Keeping in mind that not all charities are created equal, you might want to consider using Charity Watch to help you determine the best place to donate your items. Charity Watch is an independent watchdog organization that researches and evaluates the efficiency, accountability, and governance of nonprofit organizations. Each organization is given a letter grade based on a robust set of criteria.
Step Three: Store
Once you have said goodbye to some of your things, the next task on your list is to begin storing everything you decided to keep. Everything should be placed with purpose. Whether you find a place in your home to display some of your long-lost items or you decide to tuck them away in storage somewhere, keep everything organized.
Consider renting a storage unit or ask your children and family if they would like any of your items. You will free up space while also keeping precious pieces in the family. When packing things up, put similar items together. Label every box and take inventory of the things you kept so that when you are searching for something in the future, you will know exactly where to look.
You can make the most of your old family photographs by transferring them onto your computer using a printer with scanning capabilities. Refer to your printer’s manufacturing instructions for exact instructions on how your machine scans. For the future, start working on a digital scrapbook! You can avoid the clutter of printed photographs while also keeping your memories easily accessible.
Downsizing will allow you to rediscover hidden memories and free yourself of items you have no attachment to.
Need some help setting up the LetGo app? Or maybe with selecting which charity to donate your items? Ask a Pup! We’d be happy to help!
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