As I sat at my computer recently, I realized I am grateful for technology. If you’re over 40, you likely have some memories of a time before you had the world at your fingertips. Research meant a trip to an actual library, staying in touch meant physical letters (snail mail) and the weeks-long wait for a response.
Photos were carefully chosen because film was relatively expensive and involved dropping off somewhere for processing before your pictures came back … only to learn half the images were out of focus, your finger blocked the lens … and more.
I still remember my first cell phone. It was a brick of a phone and calls were charged by the minute!
Fast forward 30 years and I can sit by the TV with my phone in hand and ask whether the tattoos on Ryan Phillipe’s arms in “The Shooter” are real. I can quickly learn where a show is shot. I can look up the definition of a crossword clue (it’s a twist on cheating). I can search for a recipe that includes ingredients in my fridge.
And … one of the best things … I can stay in touch with friends I thought were lost forever on sites like Facebook, Instagram and more. That’s no easy feat for a girl who grew up all over the world.
I recently saw a meme that pointed out the difference between 1970 and 2022 is the same as the time span from 1918 to 1970. I was stunned as I thought of how far we’d come in my lifetime and thrilled that life is so easy now.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored … and it’s so much easier to explore it now.
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