Determination & Technology
How I first started learning Computer Skills | As a Young Mother
When I look back at gaining skills needed to manage my own blog, compose a resume or maintain my own website. Sometimes we forget how far we have come to achieve those things which give us more happiness and opportunities in life. I have learned a regular practice of reflection helps define the efforts and appreciate myself for all that I strive towards.
My most determined and defining moments were when I was a young single Mother of two young boys and had no computer skills. Yes we grew up with 3 channels, a tetherball and a bike. The boys had skidoos and punching bags. And those days of keeping busy outdoors everyday are something I think many of our young ones may not be able to relate too. Altering times through technology leaves one with the choice to evolve or stay stagnant.
Before I go into what I did to decide to evolve with the technology and jump on the bus so to speak, I wanted to share how I was feeling. The funny thing is, that I can’t ever recall why I wanted so badly to learn the computer. I’ll just leave it to a deep knowing. So now I’ll share my funny story of how I became inspired to start learning about computers and becoming savy.
I was 23 and living on my own, as a single Mom with my second child just born, so I realized I would need skills and computers were old and clunky. Remember IBM desktops with the DOS system and crappy words and black screens. Yikes how bad was that and how far have we come? So far, so quick.
So with this huge inspiration to just learn and become better, in order to provide for my young family. I decided that I would go out and find a used computer. I found one, an IBM on an internet site for used items for $700.00. That was a lot of money at that time too. And I remember knowing absolutely nothing, and when turning on the tank of a system, I just starting punching at the keyboard. While the system hadn’t even loaded to take commands. So interrupting the startup and getting into the bios clearly was the wrong thing to do. Guess I was a bit impatient. But just eager as well to make it work and start the fun. Even when it didn’t look fun, to start at a black screen.
So it was from here where I began to take word classes, typing and just plain old user ability, practice, practice, practice as they say. I became really proficient and could problem solve many things. I remember, adding drives, floppy disks, to alter the machine I had. Adding ram and getting the maximum potential. I was really good at finding out the answers too, so if I had a hankering for an upgrade, I would seek out the solution.
I am very grateful for my determination to become better by being willing to go into the unknown and work towards my ultimate goal of best self. After all, the only one we are trying to become better than is the person we were yesterday. I am also fortunate that has been my life goal to continually be open to learning.
And I also believe its through inspiration we first become determined to take the steps at achieving more for ourselves and go on to do just that.
© 2015 Kendra Keir