Unfortunately the human condition dictates that as we get older we will be less likely to try new things. That we will close our minds to new ideas and concepts. People as they get older become very prideful of the years they have put into this lifetime, and the “profound wisdom” they have accumulated. Often they become so prideful that they close off themselves to even listening to what someone younger than them has to say.
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that they are wise indeed. But the world is changing, and therefore the people in it need to change as well; the old and the young. Anyone who has ever boasted “I’m set in my ways”, “The music was better in my day”, or “I have no interest in new technology” has basically chosen to be obsolete in the modern world.
Instead of giving in to the natural mental aging process, they can do what I do. Fight against it. Try new things, listen to new music, get involved with the latest social/technological developments. Let’s not let our pride in doing things the way we are used to doing them inhibit our growth as people. Instead we should live each day with a passion to learn more.
Too many of these people believe that standing steadfast in their beliefs and established pattern of life makes them strong. Unfortunately they couldn’t be more wrong. Strength truly lies in one’s ability to adapt.