Depending at what stage you are in life, going back to school might be a blessing… or a curse. Parents are for sure happy when school starts. Kids on the other hand… not so much. I know I wasn’t.
Maybe you think being an adult means you know a lot of things and there’s nothing or little left to learn, or there is no time for that. You have someone else’s homework to do now (your kids’) and there’s no time or meaning for you to learn. But you can still learn as an adult so, so many things. And you should.
So, if you miss the “back to school” vibe, here are a few things you can still learn as an adult!
Read as Many Books as Possible
You probably already do this. Or maybe you’re so caught up in the on and on a routine that you don’t even realise it’s been a few months since you read a book.
Even with the rise of the online and digital, books still remain a great source of information. You can read only fiction to develop your imagination, creativity and have a really great time overall, or you could read personal development books to improve certain skills.
You can learn endless things from books. And nowadays you can just listen to them in case you’re that busy – not sure it counts as “reading a book” though. If you’re looking for some book recommendations, you can check my reading challenges.
Listen to Podcasts
I find podcasts quite similar to audiobooks, honestly.
A podcast is shorter than an audiobook and each episode is meant to leave you with a lesson or at least to teach you something new or interesting.
I like to listen to TED Talks in the morning while getting ready for the day. They are super interesting and informative.
Save a few of the ones that sound interesting to you and give them a try. You can listen to them like me while getting ready or while commuting to work, while cooking or during a workout.
In case you’re looking for inspiration, here are some of my favourite podcasts:
- The Influencer Podcast
- TED Talks Daily
- The Science of Happiness
- Deliciously Ella
- The Daily Boost
- Coffee Break Spanish (there are other languages available too)
Take Up a Hobby
We all have that one or two passions we secretly want to take up but due to lack of time and energy, we never take them up.
Taking up a hobby can release stress, help you relax and develop a new skill. And who knows, that skill could turn very resourceful in many ways.
I don’t know about you, but for me, hobbies are so important. I have quite a few things I enjoy doing (like cooking, photography and writing) and most of them you can see around here. This blog started because I was following my passion for writing and God, I’ve learnt so many things! And I’m still learning.
Turn a Passion Into a Small Business
By taking up a long-forgotten passion, it can easily turn into a small business.
If you’re into photography, people can spot your photos on social media and ask to take a few photos for them. You can get paid for this. Other hobbies like writing, painting, drawing, baking or knitting can help you earn some extra money with quite a little effort.
If your passion isn’t creating an actual product, you can sell your expertise. If you’re passionate about hiking and you go hiking regularly, you could post about it on social media, or start a blog where you talk about the subject: equipment, photos from your hikes, safety tips and so on.
Unfortunately, we don’t learn in school how to start a successful business. Or if we learn something about it, it’s too little. Researching for all the information you need can be an overwhelming learning process, but in the end, it will be so much worth it. The hard work and risk are the reasons why not all of us are business owners, so why not take it a step ahead?
Watch Tutorials and Documentaries
If you want to take up a hobby, you’ll most probably end up watching or reading tutorials about certain areas. I watch photography videos a lot and I still have lots of things to learn.
Documentaries are such a great source of information too. You have access to valuable information that’s easy to absorb. You can grow your knowledge super easy, from reliable sources. It’s a very easy way to learn new things.
Here are a couple of documentaries I loved watching:
Last but Not Least… Push It a Little
I know how easy it is to give in: maybe tomorrow you won’t feel so tired, tomorrow it will be a better day and you’ll have more energy, time, and money to learn new things. And that day never comes.
I let myself drawn in this “maybe tomorrow” loop and I ended up being very unhappy. But when I finally realised how unhappy I was and that I was starting to lose myself, I decided to start doing more of the things I always wish to do – including learning certain things.
What I’m trying to say is that the beginning will always be difficult. Push yourself a little to do that one thing you always wanted to do today not tomorrow or next week.
Growing up doesn’t mean you have to stop learning new things. Either if you do it for yourself or while supporting your kids or siblings learning new things, never stop evolving and learning.
What’s the last thing you learnt? Let me know in the comments!