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Musings about my world as I see it

Old dogs and new tricks

After decades in the workforce I have returned to full time study.

I wish someone had told me years ago that you’re always learning and that formal education is nothing to fear. Not if you’re interested in what you’re learning.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

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 It’s true. When I started working:

  • the company I worked for used couriers to deliver and receive documents
  • no one had smart phones, and
  • the office was full of golf-ball typewriters.

Now:

  • couriers are seldom used because of email and cloud technologies
  • everyone has at least one portable telephone device, whether it’s ‘smart’ or regular, and
  • the only place you’ll see a golf-ball typewriter is on an episode of Mad Men.

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We deal with those technology changes without thinking about them. Some people still say they can’t learn new things despite the massive technological changes of recent years.

So I came into class earlier this year to find that my mostly 20(ish) year old classmates use all the new things I’d been avoiding til then.  They record their lives, thanks to their smartphones, on Facebook, via Instagram, blogs and tweets. I have to say that it’s been exhilarating and so much fun to enter into this new world and partake in it.

I love it now.  After long-held perceptions (I don’t need a smartphone) were broken, it’s like I’ve been set free.  Truly, I used to look with wonder at The Robot from ‘Lost in Space’. Now? I feel young, just like Henry Ford would want it to be.

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2 thoughts on “Old dogs and new tricks

  1. shazp4 on said:

    We are constantly learning new things all the time, I can never understand when someone says they’re too old to learn … they learn something new everyday. To me its just an excuse.
    Good on you for going back to school, I know I would love class, but never do the homework.
    I sincerely hope you keep your blog updated, mine just withers in a void of neglect and is shaken out every so often when guilt decends.
    Great stuff!

  2. Thanks shazp4
    I hope to blog at least once per week. I’m really enjoying it and figure it can only get better.
    It’s part of my learning curve!

    Life is an education, there is no doubt. Mostly it’s informal, but thankfully we can also choose what we want to do. And that keeps things interesting.

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