Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

An older post I found on my Facebook before I deactivated it today. Have decided to slowly back out of most of my social media.

April 19 · Medford ·

If you know me at all, then you know I’m a writer at heart. Today I started old school journaling again..that means pen and paper. I started writing about “Can you teach an old dog new tricks” and came across an interesting article. I wanted to share what I wrote today – only part of what I want the public to see – about me and learning to run.

In 1523 a man named Fitzhebert wrote the saying I used for my entry today. What it boils down to is can a person (or animal) that is older be taught something new. The saying has the assumption that no, you can not. But in truth, with the right motivation, yes a person (or animal) can be taught something new. The key word is motivation. If a person wants to learn something new and as long as nothing stands in their way, they can be taught. It takes a patient teacher to show them how to do what they need to do on their own. The teacher needs to be encouraging and not get frustrated with the person. Make them practice until they get the hang of it.

What does this have to do with me. In a word running. I, unfortunately, have a HUGE block when it comes to running. Thanks to a very long person to person talk with Lauren who is my tiny tyrant running person and a great texting session with Heather who understands my head space. I can look at what I wrote and what my block is and hope that Lauren and (the evil trainer) have patience with me and know that it’s fine to yell at me when that head-space comes up when it comes to running. The image is hard to shake. But when I can own up to it, maybe …. yeah, no maybes….I can kick the head-space image in the proverbial ass because this old dog is ready for a new trick.

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