Never to Old?

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Sheryl Craig Russell

They say you are never too young or too old to learn something new; to spread your wings, take a leap of faith, and venture out to the deeper waters.  I have always believed that.  Or at least I thought I did.

That is what America is all about isn’t it?  We are the land of opportunity.  We can be what we want to be, do what we want to do.  Nothing stands in our way….except ourselves and our own perceived limitations.

So here I am, a self-admitted senior citizen finding myself at a major crossroad in my life.  My body won’t let me be on my feet all day anymore, but I still need to work.

I’ll admit it, I am a little anxious about the decision I’ve made.  I’ve decided to go back to college!  I was feeling fairly confident with my choice until registration day when I walked into a room filled with kids almost 50 years younger than me.  I told myself, ” It’s okay.  You are going to take this need to get intimidated.  You can work at your own pace.  Things will be fine.”

So in that class of new students, they had us all register “online.”  I didn’t feel to bad.  Though I was the only one in there with gray hair and age spots, I wasn’t the only one to need help.  Some of those youngsters who were raised on computers needed help also!

Move forward to this last week.  I had an online orientation I had to go through.  There was also a few classes online that all new students had to take.  Alcohol and sexual harassment and abuse awareness, etc.  Not any big problems, just got myself shut out from too many attempts trying to use a wrong password.  (I have no doubt I will soon have that help number memorized.)  And those tests, that they said should only take about 20 minutes each?  If that was twenty minutes for each section, then maybe I was okay.  But I don’t think that is what they meant.

It will get better, right?  I’ll learn to use this computer, right?  I mean if I can figure out how to use Facebook and Pinterest, I should be able to learn how to use Excel, The Box, Power Point, and all that other stuff on Office 365 I just had to download for my classes, right? Right?  Please tell me right!!

Deep breath….Ahh, that’s better.   No need to panic.  No need to get the bottle of rum out yet.   I am a Christian.  I am fearfully, and wonderfully made.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  He will never leave me nor forsake me.

I will make it through this……but I’d appreciate your prayers!




2 thoughts on “Never to Old?

  1. How wonderful! What will you be studying? I have some tech-phobia myself — I’ve thought of putting together a book, but just haven’t moved on it. The writing’s no problem — it’s figuring out all the technical details that seems “too much.”But I know you’ll do fine. I should get myself moving, too.

    I made a major change in my life when I was about 40. I need to repost what I wrote about that, but you can read about it here. My life since making that decision hasn’t been perfect, and I’m not as well off financially as I would be had I stayed in my job in the “real world,” but I don’t regret it. Oddly enough, it worked out in ways I never would have imagined, and I suspect it will for you, too.

    I’ll bet you’re a little excited, too!

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  2. Ahh…thanks for your post. What a great story and encouragement to me. What an exciting life it sounds like you’ve had! I am taking a course in Medical Coding and Insurance Billing. I used to be an LPN years ago, so it is kinda still in the medical field. Like you I would also like to write a book or two. Maybe someday soon I will give that a try, but not until I get through with this adventure first!


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