Two of the oldest guys I know – Ted (left) is sadly in a home now, unable to do much at all. John (right) has just moved to an old folks home, but seems really stimulated by the company. Both are in their nineties.
What change these guys have seen!… but then so have I. And I look today at my children, and their children too, and see how much it has all changed in my lifetime, too. Maybe it’s always a bit like that, but the revolution of technology has changed everything beyond recognition – and in such a short space of time.
So a part of me hates not being able to do all this stuff. I get mad when Windows outwits me, or my Android seems to know better than ME! And then the smaller kids who are my friends at the other end of the age spectrum, they’re just happy to click madly, never read the menus, leave the warnings unheeded, and still play amazing games at a speed of brain-click that I can’t comprehend.
(small friends sitting on the lions at Trafalgar Square on a day out in London)
So a part of me is fighting to not be beaten, to not be a greybeard outsider; but a part of me, too, sees that there is some ‘liberation’ in all of this that I don’t want to miss out on. The human desires to communicate, to be heard, to be understood, to feel you have expressed what’s inside have become closer through some of this technology. We can meet around the world. I can BE there with friends I have in Africa, or family in Spain and America. There is an empowering, so long as I can be master of the technology and not be reduced to someone who ‘clicks’ but does not understand.
So what I want ’23 Things’ to do for me is help empower and inspire, to make me feel confident with these modern tools just the same way as I used to work with pen and paper.