Learning After 50 - New Tricks, New Challenges

This old dog is learning some new tricks!  After listening in on an SEO/Social Media presentation the other night, I am all excited about trying some new things.  I actually know what SEO (search engine optimization) means!  And sort of, how to use it and make it work for me.  This is a great new challenge!


If you're a twenty-something, this may not sound like much of a breakthrough, but to the over-50 crowd, learning something new is pretty exciting.  Most of my friends have no idea of what SEO is and why they might care to know.  (Maybe it's a typo of REO, for REO Speed Wagon?)


But if I don't keep up with the technology world, I will be sorely left behind.  My tiny little grandson, not even 6 months old, reaches for my cell phone with both hands!  He is mesmerized.   He's not that crazy about rattles or teething rings.  I know an almost 3-year-old who plays video games faster than most adults.  If you are born to it, it will always be easy.  But for those of us who were not born to it, it's a whole new ballgame.


The biggest problem is that the technology changes so fast that it's hard to keep up with it.  The things I learned last year seem almost obsolete this year.  Most of it I don't use often enough to be able to easily show someone else or do it again if needed.  So I struggle through learning these things, feel frustrated and stupid, and usually, finally, figure it out.  Sometimes it just seems to finally work and I'm not really sure why.


The point is that keeping yourself young and involved in the world requires hard work.  It requires keeping up to date with new technologies, new ideas, new people, new places.  You need to keep your mind expanding rather than just accepting the status quo.  And if you don't, you will just fade away faster than you need to.


We all eventually get to the end of the line.  But I want to go there engaged in life, thinking new thoughts and exploring new places and people.  I want to see how other people make new beginnings after 50 and  tell their stories.  What's your story?  I'd love to know.


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