I learned it all. In the school I learned for the examinations, I passed them and then I learned for my occupation: nothing special, how to type and write shorthand. Then I learnnt what it meant to be a housewife, cook, larundrywoman and childrens carer. On the side learnt how to become a logistic expert, a perfect example of multi tasking when I took on a job as export clerk and managed the family as a sideline. This is not problem, just a matter of organisation. Now my learning days are over, finished, there is nothing more to learn, but wait. No, I soon discovered that being unemployed, a golden oldie being paid by the state was boring. They were paying you for exisitng, for surviving the whole process.
Now I am retired, and can do what I want to do and not what I have to do. So I am supposed to fill my days with what??? Visiting the doctor, discussig the latest illness or complaint, analysing an ache or a pain. I could join the local senior citizens groups where we probably also discuss our common problems. Not me.
At the age of 48 I realised a sort of past dream of mine and enrolled for a Russian language course. I stayed for 12 years. It was a good group, and we battled through the problems of understanding and writing the language together. This now lays behind me, but I never regretted one moment. I do not actually understand every word that Vladimir Putin says in his speeches, but I am not sure if I want to. I can more or less get through with a simple basic conversation and I also partake in an online learning curve for Russian, which suits me. Again there is not have to, but if you want to, although they do remind me now and again to fulfil a few tests, but it is voluntary.
It is also voluntary that I have rediscovered photography. Digital photography always fascinated me from the day when Mr. Swiss gave me his Digi camera because he bought a new one. He only used his camera now and again, and I used it almost every day. I was shooting photos everywhere. This was no problem, and coupled with my continuous learning curve on the computer, (Microsoft and in the meanwhile also Apple) I could upload my photos straight away.
I began to prepare for my future when I was still at work, although it was a background thing. I did a course to learn how to make a web site because I wanted to know how it worked. I learned how to use the Dreamweaver programme and managed to set up a site for my finishing exam. Afterwards I continued and did a site for the local first aid group. I was still not retired and did it all as a side line.
Now back to photography, because this is something you can always occupy yourself with.I enrolled for a course, but still did not have my 100% DSLR camera, just a so-called bridge. After the course I decided to take the plunge and bought myself a Nikon D7000 camera with two lens. I was still a beginner, and although I knew about the intricacies of the camera, working with shutter speeds and light, I did not really go into it in detail. I got a little lazy and mainly applied the automatic picture solutions. Just set the dial for whatever it is and press the button. The camera does the rest.
However, I began to see what the others did, the various WordPress photo challenge sites arousing my interest. I like to write, something else I discovered I can more or less do – not perfectly, but we all develop our own style. I liked to incorporate some of my photos.
I discovered Macro photography, but did not have a macro lens. I had known some photographers through my days with Multiply. Multiply was an excellent blogging site and I got to know a lot of interesting people who wrote and took photos. Multiply unfortuantely collapsed due to the greed of its owner who went into marketing and shifted the company to his home country of Indonesia. We were many bloggers and photographers left to find our own way. I eventually found my place in WordPress, many eventually formed some groups in Facebook and some went to Blogger. We still have contact with each other, and if I have a photo problem I can always use the facebook messegner and ask.
I examined macro lenses, and asked my photographer friend of many years, what he thought. He said he would definitely go for my choice, although he did not have Nikon, and after a month of thinking about it, I ordered it and received it within a couple of days. He did tell me that this lens was more geared to manual operations, so what did Mrs. Angloswiss do? She began to take photos with the lens she had, only in manual style and I discovered, at the age of almost 70, that I could do it.
This has now opened the door for me and I want to know more, so I have got myself a book about all the details, another book arriving in November when it is published and I am happy. I enjoy every twist and turn on the way. Not all my photos are perfect, far from it, but some are not too bad.
What can I say more, never give up. Tomorrow I might break a leg, perhaps even worse, but I did it all and never looked back. My specialist doc called me today to make an appointment. It seems that things are moving and my treatment for MS has now been given the OK by the insurance. I will learn how to give myself an injection, another learning curve – no problem.