Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday Morning This and That

 Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing
in life is to keep your mind young.

Henry Ford

Morning all.  It's a lovely one for sure.  A hint of fall is in the air, but it's only a taste, or better yet, a tease.  Heat and humidity heading back by week's end.  Oh well, won't be long now so I can deal with it.  Today I have no class.  Actually, I have no classes until Friday.  Jewish holidays.  Next week classes will be sparse as well.

I totally love being back in school.  I love being part of the campus.  Sure, most of these kids are young enough to be my grandchildren, and I walk with a cane, but I feel like I am a part of.  Of course, the kids are used to seeing us seniors on campus.  Brooklyn College is one of the few with a special senior citizen program, and I'm pleased to see that a lot of people take advantage of it.

Had my first Tai Chi class on Friday, and I am afraid to say, I've much to learn.  First of all, I have to learn to follow directions better.  When our trainer says 'right', she doesn't mean left.  Not that I don't know the difference, but I have a tendency to look to see what my classmates are doing and become confused because everyone seems to be doing something different.  Have to pay attention to the trainer only.  Secondly, part of my homework assignment, aside from the reading material, is to practice posture and standing straight.  I'd been so afraid of falling that I learned to walk face down and shoulders hunched over.  According to my trainer, this is what makes one lose their balance and causes more falls.

I am so pleased, too, with my classmates.  Even though many are older than me, they are not the same type of people as those I met at the senior centers. They are not content to sit and play cards and bingo all day long.   We all have a common interest.  We're not content to sit back and grow old quietly.  No, we want to stay active and keep our minds from stagnating.  We are eager to learn.  This is exactly what I needed in my life.

Have a good one.  


  1. Good for you! The University at which I work has a great discount for seniors - I hope to finally take some language classes when I retire. Since I spend my days on campus, I really draw upon and love - the energy of the students!


  2. I love "We're not content to sit back and grow old quietly" - my new mantra!

  3. This sounds amazing. I miss school so much! this is the second September of my life that I don't go to any kind of classes and it has been hard. School for me always was a wonderful experience that I cherished! Enjoy your learning, sink into the experience and smell a book for me!
    Lots of love!

  4. I'm so glad to hear that things are going well at University. I too walk with my face down, shoulders hunched. I'll have to work on that. Have a wonderful week.