We all know it’s important to exercise physically throughout our lives to keep our bodies healthy. Our hearts, lungs, even our minds, depend on it. But our brains need specialized workouts beyond physical movement.
As you age, what will you do to keep your mind active and sharp? Reading? Puzzles? Painting/Drawing? Performing Music? Would you use a site like Luminosity to keep you challenged? What do you do now to keep your brain active?
As part of my retirement theme, I offer this weekly Thursday “Future Challenge” to get people of all ages thinking in general about their futures and/or retirement. Each challenge goes with a post of my own on the same general topic. Hopefully we’ll start some interesting discussions!
If you’d like to share what you think, or post on it, that’s great – and I’d love it if you’d share those thoughts in a post or comment (please tag posts TRS Future Challenge and link to this post) so others can also see them.
If you choose not to share them, that’s fine too – but with any luck, you’ll still gain some insight on where you’re headed (or would like to be), and how you can get the most out of your own journey.
For my own take on this week’s challenge, see my post Employing the Little Grey Cells.
Today was one of those..”How in the world do I do this?” days. I finally got the sewing machine out and was reupholstering my new iron works couch. Sewing is like riding a bike…once you learn…you never forget. But, today..oh today was a lesson in patience and perseverance. I couldn’t remember how to thread the bobbin. I forgot how to set the tension. My mind just went blank. I never used to be that way. I had to take several deep breaths and remind myself…You can do this. After I took a coffee break, and much trial and error, I finally remembered all my old sewing lessons. The thing I’ve learned most about staying sharp is to be forgiving and caring of myself. It’s a natural part of the aging process. I try to exercise my brain daily with painting, photography, reading, and writing. But, when I have “those days”..I’m a little more gentle with myself. 🙂
Great advice…being kind to ourselves. I hope now that you’ve gotten “back in the saddle” with your sewing machine that things will be easy again next time! 😉