The metaphor wasn’t lost on me. On a bright sunny, almost gone afternoon, I was cutting down with a blunt handsaw a dead native Australian tree in the front garden. The tree is dead, right. That’s why I was severing it from the earth.
I’m in my third act and much closer to becoming compost for new life forms. As a silver hair grandmother I’m studying blockchain, crypto, alt coins and learning how to invest. Opening hard and soft wallets and downloading mobile wallets to my smart phone. Studying the online forum, listening to Youtubers, attending webinars in 2D and crypto conferences in 3D. Subscribing to Patreon, downloading desktop anti-virus, malware, security and private line software in order to ‘stay safe’.
Creating spreadsheets to keep track of coins, opening accounts with exchanges, setting up Polipay to send fiat to digital exchanges. Five months ago I did not even know what fiat was. The filing cabinet in my brain for blockchain and crypto has grown from zero to twenty plus files in the kerching of the emerging digital economy.
At times I’ve wanted to give up with the mantra of ‘it’s all too hard’. Being a ‘early adopter’ and a beginner at the same time has created trauma that’ll take a couple of lifetimes to process. Curiosity is sometimes a curse. The curse of wanting to know how things work, what’s on the other side and what can I learn and understand. Curiosity has rewards, however, the down side is two sheets of hardcopy passwords and 2FA apps, multiple mnemonics and note taking that makes we wonder ‘what the hell am I doing’. Then, I remind myself this learning curve is akin to climbing Mt. Everest and that’s really for young people – or so it used to be.
You may well ask, what is the motivation for a woman who could be your grandmother entering this brave new world, the latest wild west where mammoth dragonflies abound and aeroplane size cockroaches land daily? Mmmm, damn good question. I’ll get to that in the next post. Kindwhile, I’ll continue to pace learning and growing, connect with mentors and ride the virtual currents that only dragons fly.
photo credit: k.bell