So, the sky’s the limit, right? Well, that can be daunting. What do you do when you can do anything?
First, make a list of things you’ve already enjoyed doing in your life and the things you’ve always wanted to do. This will help you narrow down your options. Next, weigh your list against your own personal boundaries. Though there may be endless options, each individual is subject to their own limits—whether it’s money, location, physical capability, or some other factor. (Don’t get discouraged here! Everyone has boundaries to consider!) Then, explore the wide world of resources around you for learning. Here are just a few:
Well-made, high-quality tutorials and project-based learning online with topics from photography to calligraphy, from writing to interior design. Skillshare has a free trial period and requires a membership to access its content-rich library full of expert-led classes and community engagement.
If your goals run in the tech or business gamut, check out the online learning platform from the folks at LinkedIn. Lynda brings you a deep library full of resources business, technology, and creative learning. They offer courses in 5 different languages, so their material is accessible to a wider range, and they offer group prices if you have a group with whom you’re working on a project.
Perhaps higher education strikes a chord in you—studying philosophy, political science, art, and culture. The app iTunesU (available if you have an iPhone or an iPad) allows you to explore university-quality lectures, lessons, and books from institutions around the world—for free. That’s right, they have a catalog of free educational content that will have you filling your brain for days on end.
The thing that sets Masterclass apart are the instructors. In countless, subscription-based courses, you’ll see recognizable faces sharing industry knowledge. Like Gordon Ramsay teaching pasta-making, Annie Leibovitz teaching photography, and Dr. Jane Goodall teaching conservation. It’s a landmine of experts and the expertise they have to share.
The internet is chock full of options for learning—most often with directives to take your lessons away from the screen and into your life. Some other, more niche resources to check out are the toolkits from WWF on biological subjects like biodiversity; DuoLingo for accessible, user-friendly language-learning; or Codecademy for learning how to build websites.
You’re never finished with learning.
Education didn’t stop at grade school for you. It didn’t stop after college, either. Or grad school, law school, even in the continuing education you invested in while working a career. We are never through with learning. Picking up a class or a craft will enrich your days, yes, but it will also keep your brain sharp. So, now you’ve got the time… what are you waiting for?