Whether you’re a philosophy major or not, I’m pretty sure you know the man, Socrates. In the ancient Greece, he was basically the epitome of a wise man and even the Delphic priestess bore testimony that “of all living human beings, Socrates was the wisest.” Socrates lived according to his virtues and he examined his life the best way possible. Aside from his famous sayings such as “know thyself” and “an unexamined life is not worth living”, Socrates also stated that, “man is never too old to learn.” He said this in one of his dialogues because he was learning to play musical instruments at an extreme old age.
“You are never too old to learn.”
This is one of my favorite sayings that Socrates has stated. Aristotle and C.S Lewis later on expanded the quote and says, “you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” But I would also like to add:
“We are never too young to know.”
These words are extremely powerful and inspirational.
I remember when I was a kid, I was around 7 or 9 years old that time and my parents bought me an electronic keyboard so that I could learn to play the piano. I don’t really know what happened to me but I didn’t really learn how to play it, I remember some keys, but I have no mastery of it. The next thing I knew, the keyboard was gone. I didn’t really put much interest in it so I’m guessing if it didn’t broke, then they sold it away.
When I was 12, I remember being in the 6th grade. We were in the mall and I saw a guitar. My oldest brother was playing guitar before so I thought he might teach me to play, so I asked them to buy me one. After a lot of insisting and convincing, I finally got my first guitar… which is still alive until now, although slightly broken. However, I could probably say that I failed mastering to play the guitar too since I only know a few chords and I’m not really practicing anymore.
When I was 13, I remember writing short stories and novellas, I might have finished some, but I completely lost copies of it as I was writing on my old and now broken laptop.
When I was 16, I started to write in this blog, hence, I started being creative. I found a lot of inspirations here and I found new things to try out. Also in this time, I indulged in arts– making scrapbooks, water color painting, lettering, poetry and exploring the wide genres of music.
Now, I am 19. And I’m pretty much not sure of what I’m doing from time to time but I know that deep in myself, I am always eager to learn. I want to learn something new everyday. Now I badly want to go back to my 7 year old self and say, “you should practice playing the keyboard more” so that I’d know how to play it by now. I wanna go back to my 12 year old self and say, “take care of that guitar and practice playing it more.” These are my own regrets that I choose to turn into opportunities.
It’s never too late to learn.
When I get the opportunity, I would, for sure, grab it and won’t waste it anymore.
I’m so glad that I didn’t really let go of writing and held on to it. Because maybe, like playing those instruments, I’d have a hard time going back to it. But it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I keep on going and doing the things I love.
As you have seen in my last post, I am trying out digital art and I am really having fun. Most of my art stuff are left in my condo in Manila and it’s a really good thing that I have my iPad and pencil so I could still make some artworks. Even with this stuff, I thought that maybe it’s too late to learn it anymore, but I just went through that phase and decided to keep going.
And now, enough of my story.
If you’re having a hard time and thinks you’re too young or too old to learn something new, just keep on learning. I’m pretty sure your eagerness would take you somewhere farther where you can think of. With a lot of compassion and willingness to practice, you can definitely do anything. Whether be it having a proper diet, learning a new sport, learning how to play a musical instrument, learning how to paint, make poetry, have new ideas, perspectives and all the likes. You can do it. 😉
And to end this post, let me quote a famous Socrates saying again.
“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.”
Keep going and trust the process!
Especially now that we’re on quarantine and locked down in the house, you could probably learn something new. That ends this post. Thank you so much for reading and please answer the question:
What would you like to learn this year?
On a side note, please stay at home and don’t go out unless very necessary. Practice social distancing if you do. Salute to all the front liners risking their own lives to help in this whole situation. Speak up to the government if they’re not doing their part. Wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Contact your families, relatives and friends who are far away from you, make sure they are safe and well. Stay safe everyone!