If people didn't grow old and die, we'd turn into a society of stodgy, inflexible people lacking dreams and unwilling to compromise over anything.
That is a remarkably pessimistic view of yourself and others. Do you really think that you have become inflexible, lost your dreams, and are less willing to compromise as you have grown?
I speak for myself, but as I have grown to better understand myself and the world around me, I have become far more confident and flexible. I have figured out how to steadily improve my condition and that includes improvements to the speed and efficacy with which I learn new subject matter.
I mean to never stop trying new things and taking on new risky endeavors. It's just that with advancing age and knowledge, I can do so with a better chance of success.
Digia and the Qt Project has been exploding with great new work.
Qt 5.1 is adding initial support for Qt Quick Controls formerly "Desktop Components". These are packaged Qt Quick controls such as sliders and tables with skins for each of the different platforms.
The Qt Project has just recently started shipping the Qt Installer Framework which is a cross-platform installer framework (that is used by the Qt installers). After managing multiple installers on different platforms for my own open source work, I'm really looking forward to digging into this.
Another huge project is the new Qt Build System or qbs. This is a replacement for QMake and I'm really excited to see how it shapes up against CMake.
With the recent advancements in the C++ standard and Qt, it is a very exciting time to be a C++ developer.
The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it. - Brian Kernighan