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This is not what I do, but perhaps it should be.

How many times have you heard others say or have yourself said, I cannot take advantage of these great opportunities because this is not what I do?

It is possible for people who have retired to limit themselves and close themselves off to opportunities because they have a fixed mindset or belief that they can only do certain things. This can be because of experiences, societal influences, or personal biases. However, it is important to remember that everyone, no matter what age, can learn and grow, and it is important to be open to new opportunities and experiences.

There are a few ways a person can open themselves up to new experiences:

Challenge limiting beliefs. Identify any limiting beliefs you may have about yourself and your abilities, and challenge them by seeking new experiences that may prove them wrong.

Be open-minded. Be open to trying new things and be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

Seek new opportunities. Actively look for new opportunities to learn and grow, whether it’s through a new hobby, volunteering, or taking on a new role at work.

Learn from failure. Failure is a part of life, and it’s important to learn from it and not be afraid of it. Failure can often lead to new opportunities and growth.

Network. Meet new people and build a diverse network of friends and colleagues who can expose you to new ideas and experiences.

Travel. Travelling can be one of the best ways to open yourself up to new experiences, as it exposes you to new cultures, languages, and ways of life.

Be curious. Cultivate a sense of curiosity and wonder about the world around you, and be open to new information, perspectives, and experiences.

Here are a few ways to cultivate a sense of curiosity:

Ask questions. Be curious about the world around you and ask questions about things you don’t understand. This can be about anything, from how something works to people’s experiences or thoughts on a subject.

Read and learn. Read books and articles on a variety of topics, and take online courses or attend workshops to learn about new subjects.

Experiment. Try new things and experiment with different activities, hobbies, or ways of doing things.

Reflect. Take time to reflect on your experiences and thoughts and consider new perspectives.

Listen. Listen to others and be open to their ideas and experiences. Be open-minded and try to understand where they are coming from.

Challenge assumptions: Challenge your assumptions and biases, and be open to new ideas and ways of thinking.

Keep a curious attitude. Keep a positive attitude, and be open to new information, perspectives, and experiences.

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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