Nothing beats a good sharp knife, hunting, kitchen, knock around blade. When sharpened and well taken care of, it is an indispensable tool. When thrown in a box, never cleaned, never sharpened, it become dull, its luster is diminished. Often becoming dangerous to the user thinking that it is a still good as new even when ignored. This is where mistakes begin to happen.
Your skills that you have learned through the years are the same way. The ones that you have taken care of, continued to learn, hone, become better at, cut like a well sharpened knife. When you let these skills go by the wayside the become dull, diminished, often put yourself in danger.
Yes, the easy thing to do is go buy a new knife, throw the old one in the drawer. Yes, its often more fun to go learn a new skill, enjoy the process of learning something anew again. A good quality knife, well taken care of will last a lifetime. A good quality skill honed and perfected will do more for you long term than a bunch of new ones.
I have a hunting knife that was past down to me from my Grandfather, it has seen some wear and tear over the last 60ish years, it still holds its edge well, pleasing to the eye, and a joy to use. I also have modern little pocketknives, that are cheap effective for a bit and easily replaced. I compare the old knife to my skill as a mechanic, which has served me well going on 30 plus years, where as something as click on a box to make sure my blog works as intended is like the little pocket knife, between updates and changes that box may one day disappear. Who cares if I knew about it at one time.
As you grow older you will start to forget many things, this is part of nature, accept this fact and continue to work on, hone, build on skills that you find the most important for your survival. The protection of you family, your ability to make money or trade for what you need. To stay sharp no matter what you are going through daily, weekly, yearly, life will wear you down, you don’t have to remain dull, in fact that is when you become dangerous to yourself and lose hope.
Agnitio Veritas Macto
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