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.
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.
- 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.
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.