Sometime around the middle of December I found myself in Barnes and Noble with an hour to kill. Browsing books and magazines. One of my favorite things to do. But today was a little different. Maybe it was the Starbucks. Sometimes it gets me a little hyped up and I get sort of an attitude.
So that day in my browsing there were some books and magazines that jumped out at me. You know the ones. The title is [Something or Other] …for Seniors. You know what I’m talking about. Like the first page says, “This is a computer”.
Now I’m sixty-eight years old and I know that qualifies me as a senior. AARP recognizes that. Social Security and Medicare welcomes me as a senior. I’m more than happy to accept that. But get this. I don’t need no …for seniors book. I’ve always been one to dig into things and find out how they work, especially computers. I want to learn, to understand, to gain insight. I don’t think my mental faculties have deteriorated to the point where I need things explained in the most simple terms.
But wait. Maybe I need to stop and consider. I am retired (well, semiretired). Has that changed me? Do I still want to learn, to understand, to gain insight? I play solitaire and work crossword puzzles and I tell myself I’m doing that to keep my mind sharp. But you know it’s just solitaire and the puzzles are the simple ones. Maybe I have slowed down. Maybe I have taken on a for seniors attitude. Maybe I need a challenge.
Here’s the thing about challenges. I don’t go for climbing a mountain or lifting weights just for the sake of climbing or lifting. To be a true challenge there must be a goal and it must be a worth goal. There has to be a purpose. Some good should come of it. Otherwise solitaire or crossword puzzles could do just as well as lifting or climbing.
So here’s the thing. I may be retired and sixty-eight years old but I’m not going to stop seeking and accepting challenges. I may be a senior but I’m not done yet.
After previewing this I think it needs a coda. My rants are really tongue in cheek rants. I don’t want to offend anybody. There’s nothing wrong with …for seniors books. Maybe I need one myself. I need a book called Humility…