You can teach an old dog new tricks

Published by Amanda on

man playing cards
Playing bridge

I’m not saying I’m an old dog, but you know what I mean. If any of you have seen the Netflix series about Blue Zones, a high density of centenarians (over 100 years of age) in one area, you will know how important it is to keep learning new skills and keeping our bodies and minds active. But the programme also focused on the importance of social activities too. Trying something new with like-minded people is good for the soul and a proved factor in living longer.

I started playing Bridge (a trick taking card game similar to Whist) just before Covid. I am now hooked. Not only has it been a joy to learn and enjoy this new skill, it has opened up a whole new circle of friends and a social diary I can hardly keep up with. I have just got back from spending a couple of days playing bridge by the sea with a group of women I met two years ago. I feel blessed to have started something new which has led to a world I knew nothing about. 

woman standing with sea in background

Bridge is on the increase among the over 50s and I encourage you to think about giving it a go or, if not that, something else. Something you might never have thought of or something you don’t feel you could do, but have always wanted to try. A good friend of mine has just started riding lessons. Her family couldn’t afford it when she was younger, but she never stopped thinking about how it would feel to try. She never looked back. She loves it.

Try to find your ‘thing’, the thing that brings joy, new friends and maybe even a longer life. 

If you are interested in learning bridge there are various groups in the UK and the US who can point you in the right direction but for a quick tutorial, Peter Hollands is great.


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