Thursday, November 24, 2016

Do you create memories with your loved ones?

What about our memories as we age? Memory is a complex and not fully understood the cognitive process, and many areas of the brain are involved. As we age our short term memory begins to decline before our longer term memory.

It takes longer to ingrain new learning in the ageing brain, so concentration must be increased on the three stages of memory formation and maintenance: Acquire the information, Consolidate the information so you can Retrieve what you want when you want.

One way to do this is to practice, remember practice makes perfect. Try repetition, repetition, repetition until you have “hard-wired your brain and understood your newly acquired information.

Life had a way of getting in the way of your dreams, so many of us use life as an excuse not to do what we loved. While you had a life before you embarked on this new adventure (retirement) and this life is going to continue.

But, when we start a new venture, it takes us time to become comfortable in what we are doing and this always seems to take much more time than anticipated. Your challenge will be to stay focused on your new role, so as you change your routines to accommodate your new venture, you become more comfortable with your new role. It is time to dedicate time to your venture that previously would have been used in other pursuits. Focus will prevent you from being distracted.

Time is precious – you do not get it back, so, my advice, use your time wisely.

Remember the phrase “It is Time or Money” that was your old Life. You are now working towards “It is Time to live”. To achieve your dreams at the outset, you will have to devote a significant amount of time, putting systems into place to enable you to enjoy the fruits of your venture. Now is the time to create the type of memories with the ones you love so they will remember you when you are gone.

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