Mission Acceptance - Accept an old dog can learn new tricks


I had a strange experience recently.  I was listening to a radio show. I can't remember which one but it was the standard 'zany, overbearing, male presenter with woman present only to reinforce his greatness' situation and they were singing the lyrics, 'Hey how you doin? Sorry you couldn't get through.' I didn't hear the set up to the joke but the jaunty pop sound lifted my spirits. The presenter said, 'Nothing like a bit of Little Mix in the morning.' And my whole body was enveloped in a fog of pure rage. That was not Little Mix! That could never be Little Mix. That was and always would be Curiousity Killed the Cat (ask your mum). I was startled with how violent I felt about it, I mean it was a mildly catchy song not one of the great wonders of the world, so what if it had been wrongly attributed? To anyone else listening is had and always would be a Little Mix song. The reason I was so moved by this DJs (in my eyes) indisretion is because for the first time in my life I feel old. 

I've never had a real problem with aging. Before I had my son I cetainly kept an eye on my furiously ticking biological clock and I sometimes bristled with envy if I read about some 20 year old making a million from having the nation watch them vomit in their shoes or whatever but I didn't feel any huge amount of angst about aging. If anything as I got older my body and mind where starting to feel like a pair of leather boots that I had finally broken in. So I really have no clue as to why the approach of my 35th birthday started to make me feel so uncomfortable. More than uncomfortable - a little bit sick. Once my niece Chishona came to visit me and we went down to the pier and bought a ticket for the Waltzers. We were the only ones on the ride so the man decided to give us some extra spins on the house. After about a minute started to feel violently sick. I kept trying to signal to the man to stop but he interpreted my actions as encouragement and no matter how hard I tried the world would not stop spinning. I feel just like I did that day. 

Given my new found anti aging stance I decided to do a mission this week that will help to halt (or at least slow down) the process. One of the wonderful things about being a kid is that you never stop learning and so every day is always an adventure. My mission this week was to try and learn something new each day and so, in my heart at least, stay young. Here's what I learned:


INSTAGRAM On the first day there was Instagram. It's a part of social media I love but I've not got my head round completely. I ended up feasting on information about apps and filters and stayed up until 1AM to watch a webcast from Instagram queen Hilary Rushford. I learned that it's a great idea to give dedicated time to one subject (just set a time limit).

CRYSTALS I think crystals are pretty but I've never learned about them because I'm quite cynical about the properties people assign to them. I really loved learning about how they are thought to help your health and life and ended up buying three new aura bejazzling rocks. I still don't think there's anything in it* but I learned that learning isn't always being about being right or wrong and the new additions to my home make me smile.

GUIDED MEDITATION You can't learn about crystals without touching on meditation. It made me think about my recent failed attempt to meditate and I wondered if having someone to lead me through it might help. As I studied I became more and more convinced that if I found the perfect guided meditation, the secret would be unlocked. I ended up googling late into the night and fell asleep feeling frustrated and totally not zen. In the morning I just picked a meditation at random and did it and it was alright. I learned that learning isn't about perfectionism, it's about experiencing and you can still learn from something that's not quite right.

VAMPIRES I watched a cheesy film about vampires. It was definitely a how can I recover those minutes of my life moment. After the film I decided to learn about the history of vampires and it was pretty fascinating - the whole True Blood fever was starting to make sense. I even appreciated the film more. I learned that learning can make a bad thing good. 

MARKETING My mentor recommended a podcast to me. I was a little hesitant. I think that I viewed the concept of marketing overwhelming. Of course that made this the perfect time to go for it. The podcast was so enlightening that it completely opened up how I feel about my blog and career and future.

RAP SONG I was going to learn the lyrics to 'Jump Around'. It's my son's favourite song and at parties I always bust out the first line and then mumble into my beer for the rest but I was so taken by the lessons from the day before I decided to continue with blog planning. And that's the thing about learning, when you stumble on something that lights you up you never want to stop and if you never stop learning, it keeps you feeling young. 

*crystals if you are listening, I totally believe in you.

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  1. Firstly, you don't look anywhere near 35, so you never have to admit it, even to yourself, and secondly I'm not bothered about ageing, will I start being bothered in five years? Also I am now stalking your mentor and contemplating giving my Instagram a 'theme'. My current theme seems to be 'look, here's my face and these are my kids!'. x

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    1. Thanks beauty. It's a cute theme though girl! x

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  2. Fab! I'm all about learning new tricks. I took up Snapchat a month ago despite worrying that a 40-year old mum wasn't cool enough for it, but now I really enjoy it! x

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    1. Snapchat still scares me a little bit. I'm glad you're enjoying it x

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  3. I love this! Good on you!
    It sounds like you have learned a lot...
    I only know the first couple of lines to Jump Around...lol x

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    1. Thanks! I think everyone secretly only knows the first two lines...

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  4. Hi Charlene, I wish I could remember my 35th birthday! It's excellent that you have gone out your way to learn something new everyday for a week, if we lose the urge to learn and grow then we're basically old.

    I must check out Hilary Rushford as at the moment my mission is to get the hang of Instagram too.

    Never stop learning!

    xx

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    1. Check out Hilary, there's some good tips. I learned too late that you can watch recordings of her vids on vimeo https://vimeo.com/hilaryrushford. And Ceri's Instagram booklet is a must have http://contentmum.com/insta/ xx

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  5. Erm *whispers* I'm just about to become 38. I didn't even know that Little Mix had covered THAT song? (I am clearly passed it and live under a rock). To add to this a 20 something man stood up and gave me his seat on the train the other day. Pass me some flippin crystals!!! Please!! Great post and I love your mission to learn! I'm now feeling inspired... and have a "Hey how ya doin" earworm. Thanks for that! :)
    Thanks for linking up with #FartGlitter x

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    1. I'm very impressed that you encountered the last gentleman on the planet! I'm all for equal ops but I do love a seat on a train.

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  6. Hi Charlene, good for you!
    It sounds like you have covered such a lot all ready.
    A very inspirational post.
    Thank you so much for joining in with #MMBC and hope to see you next week x
    *Walks off singing "Hey how you doin?*

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  7. This old man has never heard of Little Mix. I'm going to go ahead and assume its a UK thing, not that I'm out of touch #fartglitter

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    1. They are indeed a British Girl Group, formed on the X Factor and one of Simon Cowells evil creations. I'm afraid you've missed their US tour.

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