This week Indispire asks if learning has an age bar. I think learning has no limit.. To me learning is freedom. In life we often equate learning with potential to earn. By extension, potential to earn is equated with acquiring a degree / diploma that will enable a person enter an organization with a gainful employment. While from a societal point of view, such an approach is considered practical specially in a country where a majority of population fell in the lower middle class category. The scope and luxury of learning for the sake of learning that is devoid of any earning potential used to be low.
By this analogy, I think my father was seriously an impractical person. When he was unwell and not earning, he let me go abroad for my doctorate degree. A friend of mine had openly scoffed, when I expressed a desire to pursue a post doctoral training saying. “Yaar! Start earning something you are getting old. You have to start a family and settle down.” I could not convince him that I am interested in learning new disciplines, that diving deep in pursuit of science gave me a sense of limitlessness. Never did he agree that I did not travel to foreign shore with the intention of immigrating and improving my earning potential. Our conversation ended with my friend dubbing me a hypocrite at worse and an impractical person at best, saying “yes, yes everyone that comes to study increases their stay on some pretext or the other.”
In whatever sphere of life we are in, there is always a possibility to learn something new. We should pick up a hobby like playing a musical instrument or playing a sports, or writing a blog etc, and the list goes on. We shall face sceptics who would comment “yaar at this age you are picking this hobby!” I think if we start something new in our lives, we keep our lives exciting. I look at videos of Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev. For him age is a number and he does not care what people are saying. He plays football, plays golf, dances as if there is no tomorrow and laughs a hearty laugh. What is life if we don’t take up new things and enjoy them too?
In summary, the day we stop learning, we start dying. In the words of sir Isaac Newton, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
The present post is written in response to Indispire prompt. More posts in response to the prompt may be found here.