Learning Curve

So, I ‘ve been fiddling with my new computer for a couple of days, trying to get used to a”Trackpad” instead of a Mouse (swiping and pinching and flinging like a sorceress), all the changes and improvements in the programs I like to use, and the astounding advancements in technology since I got my previous computer six years ago.  Six years seem like a pittance of time, but in techno-speak its millennia.  That’s always bothered me.  I want to buy a tool and use it for 35 years, not have it go obsolete by the time I get out of the shower.  It feels like a scam to me, how new computers won’t support old software, but that’s the game.  And if you want to play, thems  the rules.

It is exciting to learn this new stuff.  Good for my brain.  Good for my sense of accomplishment and growth.  Yesterday, when I got stuck on how to set up a spreadsheet, I called support services.  Even they didn’t know how to answer my question, but together we dinked around until I stumbled across a partial solution.  I was thrilled to have figured this out and even more thrilled to beat the teenager on the other end of the phone.  Perverse, yes, but we must claim these little victories of middle age whenever they occur!  Once I got off the phone, I found an on-line help source that gave me step-by-step instructions on how to fix my problem.  Even then, the answers weren’t complete, but I figured it out. Success!  Mastery!  Happy Dance!

This all ties in with the notes I’m taking on Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project.  I’m finding her approach is part Bipolar Bad-Ass Training, part Julia Cameron’s The Artists’ Way, and part a 30-something New Yorker’s way of growing the hell up. Her whining does get tiresome.  Here’s a woman with a loving husband; two beautiful, healthy kids; doing work she loves; living in a lovely home with family and friends all around.  Plus she has plenty of money and is in wonderful physical and mental health.  What in Gods Name can she possibly tell me about getting happy?  It tickles me that she’s just discovering how to live in the Now and that nagging her husband is a counterproductive activity.  But, I find myself rooting for her when she manages to sing her daughters awake in the morning instead of carping about the mess they made the night before.  And I relate to her constant push to be productive and efficient, even though that mindset is a trap.

I’m learning a lot and incorporating it into my Bipolar Bad-Ass Training.  It’s becoming more a way to live life instead of living crazy.  When I’m done percolating, I’ll serve up a cup.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 13:42:32

    I couldn’t be happier for you and your new computer! How exciting. Technology is crazy stuff in and of itself. Congrats on your mastery to date. You’ll only get better.

    Maybe I should give the “Happiness Project” another chance.

    Have a great Sunday!



  2. pegoleg
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:19:55

    And to think I told my kids they didn’t need to spend all kinds of money on the latest technology as an aide to learning – that educational video shows how wrong I am!


    • Sandy Sue
      Oct 10, 2011 @ 12:18:10

      I think a person could do the Happy Dance by learning how to cook a new recipe or change the oil in their own car just as well. I figure, I’ve got this thing now so I’d better milk it for all the joy bubbles I can!


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