Relearn What You Thought You Knew

The biggest surprise of aging, which was not one of my twelve moments of joy this year, is not how much you forget.

The biggest surprise is how fun it is to relearn the things you thought you knew.

I thought I knew how to care for a baby . . . until I held a newborn again.

I thought I knew how to talk . . . until I attempted to listen.

I thought I knew how to love my daughter . . . until she became an adult.

Learning and relearning could invite frustration. But if you expect it will happen, the process and the outcome bring joy.

That’s what joy in learning looks like after 40.


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