I always valued and enjoyed lifelong learning. But, now I am over 60. I wonder if I can learn at an older age? As I age, I feel more like slowing down than “ramping up”. I am not very confident about learning new skills. And, I am not sure I should take on any big new technology projects, even though it was my plan to do more with my website now that I am semi-retired.
I took a huge step when I decided not to renew my website maintenance contract (because of the expense). It was very scary to imagine doing it myself. I talked to my family and some friends about it, and they seemed to think I could do it. But, I knew I needed lots of support as I learn at this older age.
I chose to switch to GoDaddy webhosting because they take care of some of the maintenance tasks, and they have 24/7 customer service by phone. They seemed very patient and helpful during the transition when I called many times for many reasons. One of them said he could tell by my voice that I was a “mature” person and he was impressed that I was doing this. Even though it was like saying he thought I was old, It was nice to hear some positive words during stressful times when problems needed to be solved.
Learning at an older age:
I watched some tutorials and videos, but that didn’t seem to be enough for me. I looked for an online class to take, but didn’t find what I needed. Thankfully, I found a book I had called the WordPress: The Missing Manual (2014). I bought it many years ago but hadn’t read it yet. I know it is outdated, but it is a great overview so I can understand what WordPress is, how to manage it, and how to maintain it. And, it gives some step-by-step directions!
Understand Your Individual Ways of Learning:
There is a lot more to learning than you may have realized. People have different ways of learning. At any age, it helps if you make a plan to optimize your readiness to learn. You can read my Ready to Learn handout at https://secureservercdn.net/18.104.22.168/7ns.f19.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ReadyToLearnHandout.pdf
I won’t be adding new web pages anytime soon, but I am learning a lot. So far, I have gotten through most of the information about creating and editing blogs. I found out that I didn’t do them exactly correctly in the past. Next, I will start reading about web pages so I can organize things better and improve my health resources website at healthvista.net .
I am writing this post as a “practice session”. If I read about something without using the information, I usually don’t remember what I read. My plan is to practice as I go through the book, so I can learn better. There was another reason for creating this post, I wanted to practice finding and using some free stock pictures that are not copyrighted. I was glad to find more images for future projects on Freeimages.com, Pixabay, and Unsplash,
Growing toward success:
I know that I am gaining skills and confidence as I challenge myself. Even if I make mistakes along the way and it takes a lot of time, I will be learning and growing. Instead of learning less when I am older, maybe retirement is the best time to learn. Hopefullly, there will be more time to spend learning. And, as I learn at an older age, I have more wisdom to know what help I will need to reach my goals.
Here’s to this one small success! I am on my way to learning how to maintain my website. I was able to create a blog post correctly!
Blog post # 19 created 5-24-20 by Mary Knutson and edited 6-9-20
Photos by Piotr Lewandowski and Wynand Van Neikerk from FreeImages,com