Holi festival 2013. Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08.

Morgenstern ’90: sometimes we do learn new things at forty

[Amy Zucker Morgenstern’90] Reverend Amy Zucker Morgenstern '90 discusses learning later in life in her blog post "New at forty." Morgenstern is a minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.

A congregation member and I were chatting about learning a new language as an adult. He said there’s a proverb in Japan to the effect that what you haven’t learned by forty, you’re not going to learn.

Interestingly, I had been reflecting on what I’ve been doing over the past several years, going back a ways before forty: deliberately taking on the challenge of things that scare me. I didn’t take them on for the sake of the challenge itself, but in pursuit of some other goal, but along the way I had to, in Eleanor Roosevelt’s words, do the thing I thought I could not do. They have built on each other, the knowledge of having done one giving me courage to do the next.

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