Is It Luck or Is It Learning?

There are some of us that are just curious people. I am just that. If I hear a word and do not know the meaning of it then I look it up. If I read a quote and want to know about it, I look it up. You might even say I have an on going relationship with my computer google bar.

We boomers were always curious and very experimental. Tonight I was thinking back to two classes that I took in college. One was speech and the other was writing. It was my last day in speech class. I did not have a speech prepared. Oh well, I said to myself, I will just speak on what ever comes into my heart and let it roll out of my mouth.” Now I am not suggesting this is a good way to do but that one worked for me. I gave a speech on, “Don’t Quit.” The class loved it and asked the Professor if they could give me a standing ovation. They did. What a shock! I just lucked out on that one.

Then there was my writing class. One of my papers was marked down because of a cliche. One of my favorite saying is, “Say what you mean, mean what you say and don’t say it mean.” Shucks, I thought I made that one up. Lately I have been seeing a lot of repetition while reading articles on the computer. Some are all the same with just a few changes in words. So I sat down tonight with my friend the google bar. First I looked up the word CLICHE. The meaning is an over used expression or idea. Ok, I said to my self. That must be like the repetition that I read about.

Then just for kicks I stuck in the saying, ” Say what you mean, mean what you say, but Don’t say it mean. To my amazement google bar had a lot of information on that also. Now this was beginning to feel like a game to out wit the google bar. So I continued to read.

I was lead to this great site where I found a funny clip about word usage in our culture today. This is it. http://vimeo.com/3829682. Now I really wish I knew how to get this to display on the blog but I don’t. You know though, that is ok too because I still have the ability to learn. So I hope you can hit the little URL I put in and listen to this. It is funny.

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

So laugh if you want because I am. Think of some words. Write a few down. Express yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to use the google bar. There is a wealth of knowledge there! Now you might ask, “Why is this Working Boomer writing all this silly stuff.” My answer would be just this. As we get older it is important for Boomers to continue to learn and exercise our minds. We can do that in so many ways by reading books or even using the google bar. Even locks get rusty if not used. They make WD Forty for that. Since my mind is not a lock I will continue my relationship with my google bar! Now if I am really lucky the smart editor of this blog will get the URL to appear on here as it should. Just maybe I can luck out twice!

Learning

In my last blog I mentioned the three L’s for living which are Live, Love and Laugh but I would like to add one more L.  that L would be Learning.  No matter how old we are life is a process of learning experiences.  Let us never forget what we have learned and the wisdom that we gain from our experiences!  For this we can be Grateful.

According to Wikipedia, Lifelong learning is the continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of an individual. It occurs through experiences encountered in the course of a lifetime. These experiences could be formal (training, counseling, tutoring, mentorship, apprenticeship, higher education, etc.) or informal (experiences, situations, etc.

Learning in the 60+ age group

Learning in old age (over 60 years old) elderly people can learn a great deal from activities suitable to their age e.g. art, music, sports for the elderly, handicrafts and social work. They are highly respected in Thai society; capable of searching for knowledge and provide intellectual support to local communities. They can also carry out voluntary work in community organizations, clubs and associations. Such work makes their lives meaningful as well as bringing benefits to society.

Lifelong learning opens your mind and creates a curiosity that is natural when you are young, but can fade as you age. It increases your wisdom and helps you adapt to changing situations, which comes in handy as you age.  Lifelong learning can help you make new friends, enrich your life, and help make the world a better place.