Yesterday when I was bloghopping I came across the words just stay current. I don't remember where I saw it or the context, but since it has been my personal mantra for some time now, I decided to write about it today. It's for everybody but for those of us gettin' on up there, as they say, take notes!
Jan, an old friend, and I were talking a few years ago about aging....we were really talking about our hair, how we were wearing it, the color and things like that. It is so very easy to get stuck in a hairstyle, right ladies? I mean you will still see us walking down the street with Farrah Fawcett wings, especially if we hit our stride in the 80s. Dorothy Hamill hair is still out there. Helmet hair is out there. Sprayed hair, permed hair, and fixed hair are all still out there.....and a lot of these folks have had it that way a loooooooooong time.
So here's my take on that. We all want to look as young as we can, go on, admit it,you do, surely. But we don't want to look like a teeny bopper. I mean, we don't buy our clothes in the junior department do we? What I am getting at is what we really want, I think, is to look current. Even if we don't have the latest and the greatest fashions, makeup and hairstyle, we want to look like we are at least in this century! We want to stay current. Not young, really, but current, maybe even a little edgy.
Think of other areas of real life. Like scanning your groceries and checking yourself out. I'd much rather someone check me out and "take care of me", but I do it every now and then anyway because I want to know how. I want to be able to. Train the brain while it is trainable :) and learn all you can, while you can. I don't want to look up one day and find that I no longer know how to navigate this fast moving world because I just haven't kept up along the way.
Think of the ways older folks can get left behind. Using the Internet to communicate is a huge one. Have you noticed how your land line doesn't ring as much as it used to? That is if you even have one. My mother has a terrible time with that one. She doesn't understand it. Why are the grandkids only emailing, texting, Facebooking, and Tweeting instead of calling and writing lettters! Do they not love me? "No mom. It's not that."
You can dig your heels in where you are or you can get out there, learn, and change with the rest of the world. You can insist on writing checks if you want to, but pretty soon you'll be the only one doing it. Go ahead, get with the flow early on. Learn it while everybody else is learning it, while your brain is spry and it learns fast. Folks who are set in their ways even have trouble watching TV these days. Back in the day you just turned on the TV and watched. Now, those remotes, OMGosh! You need an MIT grad to operate them!
So, older folks, like me, hang out with some younger folks who speak the new language and learn it. Don't just always get them to do it for you. Learn how. Pay your bills online. Scan your groceries. Get an Ipod for Christmas. Have a digital camera and learn all about it. Maybe even a smart phone. Find out all the stuff your cell phone will do. And if the same person's been doing your hair for 10 years, try someone new!
You bloggers are all over this, I know, so I don't know why I'm preaching to the choir. But I bet you know someone who is aging too fast, stuck in the past. Nice place to visit. Don't pitch a tent there. Learn something new. Stay current or be left behind!