Is it too late for a 40-something-year-old?

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Gerrit Dou (1613-1675) — Old Woman Reading a Lectionary

I would like to know if you think it is too late for a 40-something-aged individual to learn how to learn? I just heard about the Trivium and thought I would look it up and found you. Where would you recommend that I start if I’m not too old to learn how to learn. Sometimes I feel as if I am slowing down but there is a burning desire to learn within me. We were never taught how to critically think in school during my time. As a matter of fact, I felt constant fear in school and was bullied and made fun of because my twin brother and I didn’t have the best clothing and smelled of cigarette smoke at times because one parent was a smoker. School wasn’t a pleasant experience for me, to say the least, but I have a burning desire to realize my fullest potential. Any recommendations would be well received.

Thank you,

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Read something every day — develop the habit of reading. Start with subjects which interest you and then branch out to other things. I suggest you start by reading at least an hour per day.

2. Study logic. The Fallacy Detective is a good place to start.

3. Write something every day. Letters, journal entries, start a blog, book reviews, essays. Write one page per day to begin with.

4. Avoid wasting time staring at a screen.

5. If possible, find people with whom you can discuss your readings (join a book club).

After you have happily and comfortably incorporated these things into your life, then you can add more. The goal is to alter the appetite — which is the hardest part.