I know you have all heard the saying 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks.'
If you look up the meaning of this quote, you'll get some claptrap like "something that you say which means it is difficult to make someone change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time"
I think the biggest obstacle to learning something new in one's later years (yes, like me!) is the fact that there are already so many things that we do know how to do that being a novice at anything is a new and frustrating feeling!
I know that last statement probably didn't make sense to someone in their 20's or 30's. The fact of the matter is, though, that I know my way around the kitchen and can cook, I can use a sewing machine and make clothing, I'm pretty good with a computer. These are all things that I at one time in my life had to learn to do and in the beginning I was clumsy. But I was a lot younger and everyone around me was clumsy at the same time.
Due to the influence of a very talented lady, I've been learning to knit in the last few months. I am learning, although sometimes I wonder if I will die of old age before I finally get the hang of it! The feeling of not knowing how to do something, though, is a strange one. (and NO, I'm not saying I know how to do everything, just the things I know how to do I do well!)
So, here I go, off into a new arena, ready to slay a new dragon with a little wooden stick!