Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Let’s Not Do the Time Warp

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
Life (602)      Mindset (167)      Change (143)      Acceptance (110)      Perspective (98)      Learn (4)     


Grumpy Old Lady
Image courtesy of lisaschweitzer.com


I often wonder why some people, as they age, seem to reach a certain point where they come to a standstill, especially when it comes to things like music appreciation, fashion and technology. They just seem to stop moving forward.

I know some seniors who have quite a modern outlook on life and embrace new music, new trends and new ideas, yet there are always those who are almost resentful of change and progress. They have no time for anything contemporary and will complain that nothing is as good as it was 'back in their day.'

I wonder just when that point is in their lives that they decide it’s all too hard or moving too fast to keep up with; whether they attain a certain ‘comfort zone’ where everything is familiar and safe and where they choose to remain. It's like they've become stuck in a time warp.

I manage a community facility where we offer computing classes for seniors, and it’s wonderful to see men and women in their seventies and even eighties getting excited about surfing the net. They arrive for classes carrying their laptops or tablets and can’t wait to learn how to use them. Yet there are those in my own age group (fifty-something) that are already throwing their hands in the air and lamenting about ‘kids these days’ and ‘new-fangled gadgets.’

The same often applies to our homes, our clothes and even hairstyles. I like my home's decor to be bright, fresh, modern and simple, and it doesn't have to cost the earth to do, yet I know others of my age whose style hasn't changed a bit in twenty years.

My late mother sported the same hairstyle for about forty years, always wore the same style of dress and had the same cushions on the couch for as long as I can remember. I also remember that in her late sixties, she stopped listening to the radio because she didn't like the ‘modern stuff.’ I think that’s pretty sad.

It’s so important as we grow and age to keep learning new things and absorbing new ideas and experiences. It exercises our brain and keeps us vibrant and engaged with our families, communities and the world at large.

I am always hungry to learn and to seek new ideas, ways and points of view. I hope that I will never grow complacent or comfortable in a self-inflicted time warp.

This is something we all should consider. Are we opening ourselves up to new things? Are we keeping step with the changing times. Even if we don’t necessarily like it or agree with it, there is no stopping progress – we might as well hop on and take the ride.

# Life
# Mindset
# Acceptance
# Change
# Perspective
# Learn
I like this Article - 5
More Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Do you find yourself apologising for being less than perfect? Do you worry that you are not mea...
498 views
What does ‘having it all’ mean to you? Having all of what - everything you’ve ever desired? We a...
161 views
When I was younger I spent much of my time writing, drawing and enjoying a variety of craft acti...
177 views
Do you ever look at those who have more than you and feel a sense of envy? Some of us seem to...
163 views
Whatever it is that you are trying to change or to achieve in your life, we all know that diffe...
374 views
When does liking something become an obsession and when does an obsession become an addiction? S...
185 views
view all articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) on Other Hubs
Winter can be a wonderful time of year
3 likes
Just as we need to control the amount of bad stress in our lives, we should also try to increase...
9 likes
Carrots are a fairly staple vegetable in most diets, and we all know that they’re good for us bu...
15 likes
ID: 18355
[ Submit a Comment ]
Yes, colmo, I understand what you're saying, & it affects many people.

One advantage I've found of being a tad older, is I now wear what I want!
I've never been a 'slave' to fashion, always preferring comfort, but still very well dressed.
I'm very interested in what's going on everywhere, keep up with family, & friends, & just plain enjoy what I want to do, when I want to do it! I say 'no' if whatever doesn't suit ME! Spent 2/3 of my life kow-towing to others', & putting myself 'last'. No more!
Gives one a sense of 'freedom'!
Trending Articles
Ever since the new year kicked off, social media channels have been abuzz with "new year, new me...
4530 views
People choose to adjust their diets for a number of reasons
101 views
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are in protecting yourself, accidents and other inciden...
101 views
I used to absolutely hate moving house
77 views
Most of us have held onto things because wethink we %%might%% need them one day
90 views
I love flicking through garden and home style magazines
152 views
I lived the city life and I’m sick of it
796 views
With technological advances and increased access to healthcare, stereotypes about old age are ch...
76 views
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
12121 views
To attain any form of abundance in your life, you must feel good as much as possible
1872 views
Categories
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version