Aging and Learning

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Aging Framed

Despite a more than a two month pain flare-up, I have managed to carry on day-to-day activities.   In last week’s post, I “showed off” my Container Garden and Outdoor Furniture Refinishing projects.  In case, you didn’t see this post, take a few minutes, have a look, and tell me what you think.

Also, doing a bit of “showing off” in this post.  Though it was a challenge, as a first-time user, I created the above graphic on the same day I found out about PicMonkey.  Admittedly amateurish, but I feel confident that as I continue to work at it — the graphics will improve.

However, this post is about a Seasoned Sistah, an Elder, an Older Woman who wants to “live life to its fullest … and to make the little things in life good and wonderful”.  Yes, this post is about me.

Let me just share two of the many little things that fill my days.

Facebook

Since joining Facebook in 2010, I found new friends and reconnected with family members and old friends.  Not only is Facebook a social outlet; I engage and interact with like-minded people who share my political views.

I just took a few minutes to view my  Facebook Friends.  Of 239 friends, only 13 are over 65 years of age; and one of them is Hubby.  So, the majority of my Facebook community is made up of (1) the children of my older friends and family members; (2) my children’s friends; and (3) new friends.  Though I have a large number of friends and family members over the age of 65, most view communicating and/or interacting via Facebook, E-mail, Internet, Texting and Blogging as new technology and reserved for the younger generations.

Blogging

Within a few keystrokes the world-wide Blogosphere was within my reach.  I can raise my voice, express my views, share my memories, and, sometimes, just rant.

Reading the posts written by other bloggers introduced me to more information than this 71 year-old-mind can sometimes keep up with.  I follow a number of diverse blogs covering nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, lifestyles, DIY, recipes, book reviews, hair care, grand-parenting, older people, health related, and many other topics that attract my interest.

I am so proud of my blog, which I almost ditched in the beginning stages.  The first hurdle was getting through the step-by-step WordPress instructions.  Once mastered, I had to overcome the fear of writing and publishing the posts.  Slowly, I began to let go of what others might think; and to stand strong and write about what I wanted without seeking the approval of others.  I am neither a writer nor an author, but I wish to blog about my life.  Blogging is an outlet that has brought me peace, happiness and joy.

I am grateful for having broadened my life experiences through Facebook and Blogging.  The only regret is that so many of my older friends and family members failed to embrace this new technology.  But, we continue to communicate via the telephone and snail mail.

Though I am aging daily, I will continue learning as I journey down the path of “living life to its fullest.”

11 thoughts on “Aging and Learning

  1. You are so inspirational and that’s what I like most about you. If you want to do something, and don’t know how you just figure it out. I get so easily frustrated. Your graphics look wonderful. I don’t even know how to do that or how I would even go about learning to do that. You are just so full of life and even through your struggles you just keep right on going and always find the positive of each and every event. This is one of my favorite blogs. You always make me smile. I admire your ways and wisdom. Have a great day, my friend.:)
    Peace,
    Tammy:)

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    • I appreciate your positive comments. The positivity was acquired after a life-threatening illness in 2010. Even though, I was 67-year-old, I had never considered “my own mortality” until this illness entered my space. A 2008 breast cancer scare didn’t generate any significant lifestyle changes. But the 2010 illness, opened my eyes to the importance of living in the present and appreciating every moment of life.

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      • I sure wish I had acquired that positivity after my life threatening illness in 2009. I’ve considered my own mortality and I’m not afraid to die. When it’s my time,it’s my time and I’m ready. I sure wish I could be more like you.

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  2. Sounds like you are learning and doing very much. Kudos to you for taking on the online world. It’s empowering to be able to share stories, eh? Your blog is lovely.

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  3. I love how much you are doing. You are an awesome role model for everyone in your life. Even though your older friends aren’t doing these things now, maybe they will in the future because of all you get out of it.

    I keep hearing about PicMonkey. I have to check that out!

    Thanks for being you.

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  5. Bravo for embracing social media! I also love it. And I love blogging, letting my voice be heard and hearing others’ points of views and insights. One is never too old to get involved with the online community. And, by the way, you look much younger than 71. Here’s to many more years of social media!

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  6. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. At ten-years-old, I was typing 65 words per minute on a manual typewriter. Later, my education and profession led me to the electric typewriter, the word processor, and the computer. Grandchildren introduced me to e-mails, texting, but skyping is still a work in process. I probably will not venture into the land of Twitter — I need more than 147 words to say what I usually want to say.

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