“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ( Pablo Picasso actually said it but we love this quote!)
We love this quote from the man who kept learning new things and presenting new ideas to is community well into his nineties.! It is a rallying cry for all of boomers who might feel a little resistance when faced with learning something new in our current day society.…like techie skills. Ulp!
It’s good to give ourselves credit for all the amazing skills we have now mastered and take for granted. As one dentist told us recently, she always tries to remember that a new member of her team may be unfamiliar with her office’s routines. “I see it as similar to me, a right-hander, trying to learn to eat with my left hand, and that increases my patience!”
I also learned recently to my surprise that one way humans never stop improving is in their small motor skills. Consider famous pianist, Vladimir Horowitz, who continued to perform till he died at 86. Concert-goers used to hold their breath watching him make his ever-slower way across the stage to the piano, but once he sat down his fingers pounded over those keys in exuberant skill that always got better with time. Maybe we can learn to text?
Baby boomers are famous for working on conquering new mileposts in their lives, and learning better ways to do things. Humans, in general, have a burning drive to learn new stuff, and that turns out to be one of the best ways to increase longevity, and keep our minds lively.
Luckily, one of things we’re also good at as we get older is being less afraid to show people we don’t know how to do something. This leaves us open for one of the best ways to learn, which is to ask for help from someone who already knows how to do it. Go to classes, hire assistance, or trade skills with another boomer who is interested in learning your! Home-cooking is always a sure-fire trade for the mysterious talent you crave to learn.
Rochelle and I notice that we get quicker at learning things as we go, especially “school” type info, since we have so much experience and knowledge to make connections within our brains.
So let’s Go Boomers! Get out of your comfort zones! You Rock!
Joan Toohey and Rochelle Faraco are the Founders and Executive Directors of Seniors Solutions of Colorado, LLC and they and many other service providers and resources can be reached at 720 295 6263 for a variety of senior and aging adult resources.