How we experience age is an interesting phenomenon. From birth through the school years, we learn from our parents and teachers who push us to learn more, be more, experience more and be responsible.
Day by day we change as our mind processes new thoughts and ideas. The world changes. Our environment changes. Everything changes and we adapt in some way to fit in.
I am blessed to be a mother and have a loving husband who has traveled this journey of life with me. Our two sons are on our timeline of life. We often denote time by when the boys were born or when our grandchildren were born or where we were living at the time.
Life and the passage of time happens to everyone. There are times, however, that I am not pleased with what happens as I get older.
Case in point. When Steve mentioned that VCRs will no longer be manufactured in 2017, I said WHAT? How could they??? In his calm, clear voice he said: “They have been around for more than forty years and have been replaced by newer technology.”
I can remember when VCRs became popular. The biggest debate was between using VCR or Betamax tapes. It was a big deal made more personal because the guy Steve worked with at the time was all for the Betamax. Almost daily Steve came home with the latest story of the debate he and David had that day. VCR won. Steve and I have always welcomed new technology. Yes, we play Pokémon Go. Why was I so upset about the end of VCR manufacturing I asked myself?
As I continued to do my laps in the pool, I wondered why this news upset me so much. I realized it wasn’t the technology I was upset about losing, but my ability to access the hundreds of VCR tapes we still have.
When our first grandchild was born, I lost a wee bit of my brain. I decided we needed every Disney cartoon movie ever made for her viewing pleasure when she came to our house. We acquired all of them in VCR format.
In my trip down memory lane I also remembered we also have the complete works of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Add to that the Complete History of Rock and Roll. Yes, we have a lot of VCR tapes that we haven’t watched in a very long time – BUT – they are there in case we do want to watch them.
Times have changed though and so have we. If I were to tell you something about Monty Python, it would probably be a clip from one of their movies such as “The Black Knight”, “The Killer Bunny”, or “Three Questions.” I wouldn’t scroll through a VCR tape, I would bring up YouTube on my laptop or my phone to share.
I am not upset about the changing technology. I am upset that I may not have access to some of my data.
This whole VCR incident happened after an evening with friends. Below is an example of how we process time as we get older.
Erica made a comment that poker star, Jennifer Tilly is having a baby at 57 years old.
Mel said: “Jennifer is not that old!”
Erica showed Mel a screen from her smart phone.
Mel said: “You can’t believe everything you see on the internet.”
There was some back and forth comments.
Mel said: “I know Jennifer Tilly and she is not 57.”
Erica asked: “When did you last see her?”
After some thought, Mel replied: “30 years ago.”
Erica asked: “How old was Jennifer at the time?”
Mel said: “She was about 25.”
Erica said “If you add 25 and 30, what do you get?”
Mel did the same type of OMG realization I did when I learned about the VCR tapes.
Life goes on and we adapt one way or another. Have you had any OMG moments caused by changing technologies?
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