Greetings Lifelong Learners!
The day to day routine can feel just like rowing a boat. You do the same thing over and over again. It’s slow and steady, safe, predictable. But it feels like you’re not really getting anywhere. Sometimes you just need to shake things up a bit.
So, like you, after what seemed like an eternity I decided to go back to school. Why? Simple. Curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, a way to slow down mental degeneration – you know, those quirky little moments when you can’t recall where you left the car keys, who that person was you woke up in bed with , or gosh even why you had to go to the bathroom….. ok, that’s pretty obvious but you get my point.
I got my B.Comm in 1976 from McGill University in Montreal. Since then I’ve worked in many different jobs, seen the world and raised a family. As I neared retirement something began to gnaw at me. I felt like I was being left behind. I had fallen into a routine of complacency. My brain seemed to be slowing down. My teenaged son and I would have conversations about history or politics and I would make a point. He would refute it, then Google it on his iPhone and in seconds prove he was right while I was still reaching for an encyclopedia to check the facts. Technology had made leaps and bounds right before my eyes. In my late fifties I still hadn’t a clue what made Facebook so addictive or why YouTube is such an amazing resource. As far as I was concerned, Twitter was what birds did.
So here I am in my first year of grad school writing a blog about why old timers like me, and yes you out there….(hey we’re the boomers, we never get old – right?) are taking courses and upgrading our education.
More than that, I’d like to know how you are dealing with all this new technology, what works, what’s frustrating and why. Is it helping you learn, or is it a hindrance? Drop me a line. I’d love to hear your story.
During the course of this blog I’ll be posting short video interviews with people just like you who have made the leap of faith back to school. More soon.