A friend called the other day to get help from my other half with her computer. She was berating herself for not being able to do basic things on her new laptop, I was trying to tell her that we all feel like that even if we're using the computer all the time but she wasn't hearing me to go easy and she'd get there.
Recently I've been working on arrangements for singing workshops and for my choir. It's something I've avoided assiduously for years because the relevant software is sooooo slow to work with and on the face of it quite complicated. And of course, having a go every 2 or 3 months isn't going to help the learning process. By the time I get back to it, I've forgotten the little bits I did learn.
We live in a culture that demands instant gratification and that rewards speed and competence. But what happens if we just slowed down and did a little bit everyday - eventually we get the desired result - a new skill or whatever. And especially as we get older, or just have too much going on in our heads it gets harder and harder to learn everything quickly.
To paraphrase Homer Simpson - to learn something new, something old has to go out ... or something along those lines...
I love that idea, and it makes sense to me when I'm trying to learn more song words - something simply has to be forgotten to make room to remember something new.
So, deep breath and back to see if I can finally get to grips with this software.
Keep trying y'all and go gently.