So, Tomorrow is 2015. 2015! Seriously, did I sleep through 2014? Because, I’m pretty sure I’ve barely gotten used to writing 2014 on my checks and now the year is over (* see note).
That seems to sum up my life these days. I just get used to something before something newer and better comes along to replace it. I can’t keep up!
When I got my first “smart phone” it was waaaaay smarter than I was. I couldn’t even figure out how to answer a phone call. It frustrated me so much that I threw it across the table while shouting, “I don’t want this stupid thing!”
Thankfully, I kept at it and slowly learned how to use it. I got to the point where I could not only answer calls, but I could text and take pictures and join in on social media. I felt like a rock star. I kept that first “antique” phone with its button keyboard until even strangers commented on how old it was.
Finally, my daughters talked me into getting an iphone because they each had one and we “could all have the same phones” and they “could teach me how to use mine”. Well, I still have mine. They, on the other hand, have moved on to the next big thing. Now all I hear is: “Mom, your phone is so old!”
If I thought my first phone was complicated, the iphone was impossible. Not because it was hard to use but because of the vast array of things it could do.
Apps? What in the world were those? Where were the buttons? Which way was I supposed to “swipe”? What happened if I swiped the wrong way? Who knew? Not me, that’s for sure. My kids got frustrated with my ignorance. Even my grandkids seemed to know how to operate a phone better than I did. They all kept telling me that I couldn’t be afraid to “play with it”. I was afraid that I’d make a wrong move and destroy the whole thing. My family, on the other hand, pushed buttons just to see what would happen.
I realized that this was how we lived our lives too. Me, being careful and safe, and them, trying all sorts of crazy things (trapeze school, anyone?). There’s a lesson there.
So, in 2015 I am determined to be more daring. I will try things just to see what happens. Who knows, maybe it will lead to a new hobby or a new lesson learned.
What are you going to try in 2015?
(* Apparently, checks are passé. I told my son to write a check to pay a bill and he looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Why don’t I just carve it on a stone tablet and then ride my horse to the bank?!”)