Learning New Things as an Adult

26 July 2022

People are discouraged to learn new things when they are already at a certain age.

For example, 27-year-old Alex never learned to swim as a kid. They didn’t have a swimming pool at home and his parents couldn’t afford to take him to classes. Alex worked hard to finish his studies through scholarship programs. He eventually landed a high-paying job after a good educational background and an extensive experience. Now that Alex has the means, he has been contemplating on whether he should take swimming classes or not. For as long as he can remember, he has always been scared of the water and couldn’t have fun at the pool with his friends. He recently had a trip to Mexico and he couldn’t swim at the cenotes without a life vest. When he got back home to New York, he was really thinking about finally facing one of his biggest insecurities. The problem now is that if he takes swimming classes, he will be swimming with young kids. Maybe everyone would be looking at him, a lanky, male adult, who never learned how to swim.

But should age be a factor for Alex not to finally learn how to swim? Does it mean because he’s already 27 years old, he can’t learn how to swim ever in his life because he’s going to be classmates with young kids?

There was this similar episode of the popular 90s sitcom Friends where Ross just found out that Phoebe doesn’t know how to bike. She has never learned as a kid because she grew up in a broken family and they didn’t have the money to learn how to bike. Ross took the matter into his hands and offered to teach Phoebe how to bike. Even if her bike looked like it was for a seven-year-old girl, Phoebe, as carefree as she is, did not care that she was learning how to bike. She was of course shy to admit at first that she never learned how to bike but eventually found out how happy she was to bike. Well, technically, she was riding it with trainer wheels but we’re happy to see Phoebe happy.

So why would you give up this opportunity to be happy just because society tells you that you’re already too old to learn something? Isn’t age just a social construct? So many people have been defying this young and old concept and have proven to be successful in what they’re doing, even though they started late in life. Take Grandma Moses for example. She only started painting at the age of 80. Who would have thought her paintings would still be iconic when she started at an age that was so late in her life?

Do not care about what society thinks. The important thing is that you are having fun. To help you learn things at any point in your life, you must have the willpower and the fearlessness to let go and just enjoy. After all, you might just be doing this for fun and not expecting any monetary return from it?

You must be motivated, driven, focused, alert, and healthy if you want to learn something new. To have more time outside of work, you must be efficient and productive on every workday. We listed down items that you can fill your ergonomic workspace with to achieve all these we’ve been talking about.

Kana Bamboo Standing Desk

Standing desks can help you stay more focused and protect your health by allowing you to conveniently shift from a sitting to a standing position and vice versa at regular and more frequent points during your work day. You’ll find yourself more focused and alert to finish your tasks at work and learn new things after your workday. This Kana Bamboo Standing Desk from FlexiSpot is eco-friendly with its use of a bamboo desktop, looks elegant, and uses lateral compression technology to retain that natural bamboo finish. It is free of moisture, insects, and scratches because the bamboo is coated with a water-resistant 2H lacquer. The standard height range of a Kana Bamboo Standing Desk is from 28” all the way up to 47.6” so it can cater to varying heights of people. Moreover, it features two keypad options: one that is basic with simple up and down buttons and one that is an advanced all-in-one keypad with three programmable presets.

Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair

You’d want your workday or learning session to be comfortable and free of body pain as much as possible, especially if you are going to dedicate long hours to your goals. This ergonomic chair will eliminate those pains with its 3D lumbar support system, 135-degree lounge tilt, and 4D adjustable armrests. The elegantly curved backrest will conform to the neck and spine that will providing maximum headrest and lumbar support. The armrests are adjustable in four dimensions that contour effortlessly to the arms and elbows. It is made of Italian-imported chenille and K+R temperature-sensitive fiber that will provide maximum ventilation and the most delicate of fabrics. It also features the best-in-industry Samhongsa Class 4 Gas Lift which guarantees that this chair will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.

Monitor Mount

You’d want to be able to use your desktop in different configurations or be able to move it at an angle that’s comfortable for you and won’t strain your neck. You can also take online classes where your video will be required. Having the flexibility to move around your monitor is a great function. FlexiSpot offers a single monitor mount or a dual monitor mount, one that is for a single desktop and another if using two screens. It’s much easier to do desktop work when one can configure two screens in different orientations. It also won’t take up additional desktop space because all they need to do is to clamp the Monitor Mount securely to the desk. The monitor mounts can hide wire cords and make sure that the workspace is clutter-free. Both variations are easy to install, adjust the height of, and rotate to an angle that is needed.