Last night I was lucky enough to be asked to speak on a Meet the Blogger panel at a Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) event at Murdoch University.
To say I was a little nervous would be an understatement, and I was called as the first blogger to get up and talk which had my tummy doing bellyflops.
What was even more scary was that the room was predominantly filled with young guns who were vibrant, energetic, inquiring and so ‘up with’ all that’s happening in the world of internetdom and on social media that I felt like some hulking museum piece from the Jurassic age.
We discussed all things blogging and PR and social media – all in all though it was such fun and so informative all round. To tell you the truth I love talking about blogging given half a chance, and I love hearing what my peers and colleagues have to say too.
For the event I wore a new outfit by Millers (sponsored) and the jewel colours certainly helped boost my confidence. (Lifestylers, why not check out the new styles and vibrant colours that have just come in 🙂
This isn’t the first time I’ve felt like a dinosaur though. No ways. And it won’t be the last, so rather than feel defeated I choose to celebrate the verve and knowledge of young people and I have to say that I absolutely love being with them, around them and learning from them. Not only do my own children teach me so much about myself, the world and this new technological age we live in, but so too do the young adults I meet through blogging.
Last year I was lucky to be invited on a press trip to tropical north Queensland with Tourism Queensland after the Problogger Conference on the Gold Coast. The tourism related personnel and the bloggers were much younger than me and I loved being with them, but at first I felt a little shaky verging on ‘oh-this-is-going-to-be-difficult’ to thinking that I wouldn’t keep up with the partying and wondering if they would treat me like a granny or dismiss any opinions I might have as old and doddery. I was gratified that they accepted me not as an old snoozer but as a fellow colleague and I learnt so much from them.
So here’s my take on …
Why hanging out with younger people is good for you
- You begin to do things faster. Young adults today lead a super charged life and have to multitask more, so you learn methods about how to get to grips with technological things in an instant. No more fiddling around wondering if this or that button or command will work, you just have to go for it and work it out from there.
- They have less life commitments – think kids, houses, mortgages or husbands so they teach you how to live more in the moment and how to be up for anything.
- They have a different outlook on life that’s refreshing.
- They teach you that some things are not better in the 21st century.
- They are tech savvy and can teach you so much about the internet.
- They can teach you many things about being on the ball and thinking quickly, which is good as we age, as we do get set in our ways of doing things.
- They teach us to think differently … they have different concerns and outlooks – so they introduce us to a different worldview.
- They can make us feel young again … nobody is talking or moaning about this ache or that ache!
- None of them talk about the needs or worries of elderly parents, or concerns about their children – so it reminds us of what it was once like to be (mostly) free of worry about other people.
- Their biggest concern might be their dog or cat and we can smile and remember back when our puppies were like our babies!
- They can teach us not to take ourselves so seriously. Getting older might make us wiser in some respects but it doesn’t confer Oracle status.
- They can teach us to hurry up.
- They can take us out of our comfort zone.
- They can remind us of what it was like to be 20 or 30 again.
- They can make us thankful for all our experiences in life.
- They can make us laugh.
- They can introduce us to some incredible new music.
- They teach you how to be more accepting – I think young people today are less likely to stereotype people.
- They give us lots of great ideas about what to wear and what not to wear 😉
Do you enjoy hanging out with young people? What would you add to this list?