One of the benefits of living a long life is getting to witness change. I love most change, but advancements through invention and innovation really get my juices flowing.
Human change is constant and requires us to stay current with things that affect our lives and our growth. We need to study, take classes and make self-improvement part of our life, these things will make life more interesting and enjoyable. Maybe even invent something of your own!
A post on Facebook today got me to thinking about this and how much fun it has been to watch change throughout my lifetime. You’ve seen posts like this that ask you, what was your phone number growing up? Well, I grew up in a company town that didn’t have a regular phone system like most folks, ours was run through the company switchboard. The operator’s name was Augusta “Gussy” Creed and she had a scratchy voice, but a hearty laugh.
Our phone was on a “party line” meaning there were several homes with phones on the same line. We knew an in-coming call was for us when it rang with two long rings and one short. The only problem with party lines is everyone on the line could listen in on your conversation…talk about privacy!
From Alexander Graham Bell’s first phone in 1876 to the first cell phone it took 100 years. Most technological advances today, are fun and often more convenient, but we take them for granted because we get so many new ones all the time. The rate of change and innovation is moving very rapidly making the learning curve a constant steep effort, we don’t get time to rest and enjoy each one. Can you imagine learning about every new app developed in a single day for our phones? We wouldn’t have time to do anything else!
I think we become complacent because there is so much new change, and that’s dangerous. We need to accept that we can’t keep up and just do what we can with what makes our lives easier and fun, and forget the rest.
A friend of mine uses a comparison in her speech that states that students entering college today with a specific job or degree in mind will find that everything they will learn in four years will be obsolete when they graduate. Constant re-evaluation is called for, with focus and intent, in order to stay relevant. Hang on to your wig Gertrude, things will only speed up further in the years to come! Keep your sense of humor, and stay educated and motivated!
Anyway you look at it, it’s fun to ponder.