Apologise in advance

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One of the most basic reasons of thinking that it is too late to be who you are truly capable of being is the belief that life is linear. As if we were on a busy one-way street, we think we have no alternative but to keep going forward. If we missed something the first time, we can’t double back and take another look because it takes all our effort just to keep up with the traffic.

Human lives are organic and cyclical. Different capacities express themselves in stronger ways at different times in our lives. Because of this, we get multiple opportunities for new growth and development, and multiple opportunities to revitalize latent capacities. Laughter has a huge effect on aging. So does intellectual curiosity. Babies don’t learn to speak by instructions. They learn by imitation and inference. We are all born with a deep, instinctive capacity for language, which is activated almost as soon as we draw breath. Babies instinctively recognize meanings and intentions in the sounds and tones they hear from other humans around them. During early stages of development, our brains go through a process that cognitive scientist’s call “neural pruning”.

This involved trimming away neural pathways that we determine at an unconscious level to have little long-term value. It serves the same function in our brains as pruning does to a tree – it gets rid of the unnecessary branches to allow for continued growth and increased overall strength. It shuts down pathways that we will never use again in order to make room for the expansion of pathways that we will use regularly

unconscious level to have little long-term value. It serves the same function in our brains as pruning does to a tree – it gets rid of the unnecessary branches to allow for continued growth and increased overall strength. It shuts down pathways that we will never use again in order to make room for the expansion of pathways that we will use regularly

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