• Coleen Merk

It's Never Too Late to Leap

Have you ever said “I am too old to learn that” or “I am too old to start that now”?

Well I am here to debunk those theories and share with you some of my “firsts” that I have accomplished lately.


I am a recent empty nester. As the date got closer and closer for my last kiddo to leave the nest, I knew I had better learn how to do some of the things that I have come to rely on my “geek” adult children to do for me.


As my son and daughter were growing up, I had fun learning about the newest phones, iPods, digital cameras, tablets, and software and what they could do. But it all stopped there, as I quickly became overwhelmed in figuring it out myself. So I would give all the latest and greatest technology to my son and daughter and let them figure it out and turn around and teach me how to use it. Or use it to do the work I wanted to have done!

Well now it is time for mom to start doing it herself...



Last year my husband and I changed all of the locks on our doors to a keypad lock so we would not have to keep all of these keys on us. We relied on our tech-savvy daughter to figure it out and set all of the codes. I needed to add a new code to our keypad door locks this last week, which probably doesn't sound all that difficult of a task. But if you haven’t ever done it before, you might be afraid of screwing it up and then none of us being able to get into the house! I kept putting it off and it kept creeping up on my “to do list” too many weeks in a row! I finally said, if I will just do it I will feel soooo much better.


Guess what?

I DID IT.


And it felt as though I had just learned to ride my bicycle without training wheels!

I don’t know about you, but if I ask my son or daughter one more time to fix the TV remote control or soundbar, I don’t think they will ever come back home again to see me. I got so mad at my soundbar and trying to coordinate all the remotes. One remote to tune into Dish, one to change the channels, and one to control the volume!  Ugh ! ! ! My daughter suggested we go to Best Buy and see if they have one that is a little more simple to use. Great Idea. I was so happy when I found out that they would even come out and install it, and teach me how to use it. AND if I screw it up, they will come back to fix it!


The best investment lately is the Best Buy Geek Squad 24/7 tech support service. Worth every penny.


I am on my third all-in-one printer in just one year! I was so mad at my HP printer I told my daughter I was going to throw it into the lake. She strongly suggested I not do that, because the ink would be bad for the fish! "Mom, I would like the printer. I can get it to work!" I did some research and decided to switch to Epson. At first I had some issues and my daughter was still at home and was able to troubleshoot it for me. Of course it always happens when I needed to print out an invoice to send out! I am proud to say that I can now get it to work.


My children always backed up our laptops each week. I am happy to say that I was successful in backing up my two laptops the other day!


I went digital a few years ago for our personal and business paperwork. I always relied on my daughter to handle that. Well, I took on that project myself recently, and I am happy to report that I have successfully scanned and learned how to operate my Epson scanner!

Okay, I can hear some of you now, "Coleen, these things aren't all that hard at all..." Yeah, I know that. But in this fast-paced world, where everything is changing by the second, these few things that I just talked about have given me a huge boost in feeling like I got something accomplished. I remember the day like it was yesterday when our 7 month-old son took his first steps in the kitchen. That was a huge accomplishment for him! We were cheering him on and so excited.


That is the feeling I have right now!

Yes I did it ! ! ! !

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