Every which way we turn as we age, we are slapped in the face with that hoarey old chestnut, 'Use it, or lose it'. I guess this refers to three basic aspects of life: physical, emotional and mental.
Get out of the house, get involved in activities, get involved with other people, confront new ideas and challenge ingrained responses to issues. It is no good just doing more of the same old thing, though. The neural pathways in the brain need to be furrowed deep, but new furrows need to be ploughed in lesser used areas of the frontal lobe. Take up boules. Learn a language. Join a book club. Join a bush-walking club. Join Get-up. Become a 'greenie'. Volunteer to lead the singing at an old-folks home.
Or, like these folk that I steamed the harbour with last weekend, restore an old steam-tug and potter about the harbour for the sheer hell of it!
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