Written by Ella Tindle
In the accurate but rather gloomy words of Bob Dylan, ‘He not busy being born, is busy dying’.
Unfortunately, Bob was right; the time we spend not experiencing, learning, and growing, is time that we’re spending deteriorating. Despite his words having a pretty negative feel to them, Bob highlights the importance of the fear of stagnation as a motivator.
As is often said, life is a classroom. The good news, though, is that we get to choose the curriculum. But why should you commit to the lifelong learner lifestyle? What benefits can you reap and how can they help you grow?
Learning is a social practice. And it’s one of the best ways to interact with others; sharing a passion and a desire to learn more can truly bring individuals together. Whether you want to learn taekwondo, basket weaving, or extreme ironing, there’s bound to be at someone else out there who’ll share your enthusiasm on the subject.
And once you’ve found those like-minded individuals, you have someone to offer you a sense of routine, social interaction, and learning accountability. It’s often claimed that we’re a lot more likely to stick to something if we feel in some way attached to it. And having a set of friends who are on the same journey as you are, is a great way to achieve that.
The lifelong learner lifestyle has long been advocated for, particularly by the language learning community. Language learning is often suggested as a skill to pick up as an adult, due to its neurological benefits. Learning a foreign language is hugely beneficial because of one simple advantage: it uses both hemispheres of the brain. This is particularly useful if you’re thinking very analytically, for example, in your day job, and are searching for a way to strengthen your other capabilities.
There are numerous benefits to language learning. But one that often sticks out is the studies which found that adults who have learned a second language during adulthood exhibit a more rational approach to problem-solving in their second language. Pretty cool that a second language can have that effect – right?
But, in fact, learning just about anything is proven to keep your brain functioning at a high level. Much like your biceps, your brain is a muscle that needs exercise in order to grow. The lifelong learner lifestyle is essentially a gym for your brain. And, similarly to after a body workout, after a brain workout, you’ll sleep soundly. Just another advantage of keeping your brain active!
When reviewing the world’s Blue Zones, Dan Buettner found that one of the most critical parts of optimal longevity and happiness was found in Okinawa in Japan. It’s called ikigai. And it’s described as the reason you get up in the morning. When residents of Okinawa were asked, they immediately knew their ikigai.
So that’s my question to you, what’s your ikigai? If you don’t know it immediately, that could be your problem. And maybe becoming a lifelong learner will help you find your ikigai. Wanting to become a black belt in karate? That’s your ikigai.
If you’re still looking for a reason to convert to a lifelong learner lifestyle, hopefully this last one will convince you. Yet another enticing reason to learn something new, is the opportunity to capitalise on it and make a little extra cash from your skills. No matter what stage of life you’re at, it’s never a bad idea to capitalise on your hobbies. It could be a side hustle or maybe even your income source.
How We Can Help
And the best way to get started is on the Phavour app. Whether you’re a skilled stagehand, an experienced pet groomer, or a scriptwriting genius, there’s someone on the app who needs your skills. And with the possibility of one-off tasks, freelance, and part-time work, we’re sure you can find something to suit your needs. Simply input your skills, sit back, and let the algorithm connect you with suitable job opportunities in your area.
If you would like to find out more or have any queries, comments, or concerns; we would love to hear from you. Simply head over to the Phavour website to get in contact with the Phavour team.