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A friend of mine asked me the other day to help her learn some new computer skills, which I am more than happy to do. When she was in her 60's, she decided to learn oil painting. Now in her 70's, she is quite the accomplished artist, holding regular exhibitions and doing very well for herself. But not content to just rest on her laurels, she asked me to help her order some instructional painting DVD's from the USA, so she can further her skills and her knowledge.
I can't even begin to tell you how much this impresses me. It's my birthday in a few days, and I am turning the ripe old age of 46. It was only 12 months ago that I decided to pursue a career in photography, and I must admit that I have worried more than once, that I might have left my run a little too late in life. I am no longer sure that is the case.
I know a few people in their 70's (some I am related to), who believe, and who constantly take pleasure in telling me, that they are too old to change now.... that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This really bugs me. I have always been a firm believer in personal growth. Mother Nature will attest to the fact, that if you are not growing, you are dying. If you still have breath in your body, your work here isn't done.
I seriously hope that when I am 70 I am still learning... still growing as an artist... still creating, exploring, discovering. Life is WAY to precious to be content with sitting around waiting for it to end.