How many times have we heard, said, or been told that; “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” I am sure that I have used that saying more than a few hundred times over the years. However, the older I get the more I think that it is the wrong attitude to think I cannot (or should not) learn new things. If we ‘baby boomers’ had that attitude we would have been ‘retired’ years ago.
My first typing class was on old manual Royal (or Underwood) typewriters; the ones you had to pound really hard on the keys and push the carriage return to go to next line! We then progressed to electric typewriters and we thought; WOW, how wonderful was that? Little did we know what the world have in mind? Over the next 40+ years of working for a living we would continue learn to operate and use the newest equipment and technology available. If you, my fellow baby boomers, were not willing or able to learn these innovations; like we did with that old manual typewriter in Mrs. Babb’s typing class, we would have become an antique like the typewriter.
Who would have thought this would be our world when we learned to type on that clunky, old manual typewriter back in the day? Not me! Learning new and interesting (or not so interesting) things has kept us in the loop, forced us to keep current, and allowed us to continue to be relevant in today’s world. We are on Facebook, twitter, and we are writing blogs these are the comfort zones; cannot wait to find out how we can continue to stretch these zones.