Monday, June 8, 2015

Learning


Running is a good time to catch up with your buddies that you haven’t seen in a while, but sometime it is also a good chance to hash out some totally unexpected topics.

A few weeks ago, our conversation swaggered over to a discussion on learning. Specifically, does the ability learn start to peak between the ages of 25 to 30? Now, this took me a minute to think about before I responded.

But the short answer is yes, I do believe for most human beings our ability to learn reaches its peak around these ages. This is not to say that you stop learning after 30. Far from it, I truly believe that we all continue to learn throughout the rest of our lives. It is just that after we start to settle in to life and we develop preconceived expectations about how things should work. As we are growing up we don’t have these expectations so we merely accept that this is the way it is. But once a particular path is learned then we seemingly struggle with learning new pathways. It isn’t that we cannot. But because we expect it to work a certain way; it doesn’t come easy. We also get more frustrated during the learning process. We can and should be able to learn it but we just might take a little longer to modify our existing learned pathways to deal with the change.

By now, you are probably wondering why am I talking about this or what does this have to do with runners. This is an excellent question.

To be honest, I don’t really have a good analogy that comes back to run. I just thought this was an interesting topic and wanted to share. 
But I will leave you with some food for thought. The next time, that you buy a new electronic device, don’t make assumptions about how it works.  Just accept how it works. You might find the process goes a whole lot easier.

 

Simply thoughts are the best.

 

The Cool Down Runner

  

  

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