I am on a journey. I am a child of the sixties who lived a whole lifetime before I met my husband in college – and have live a whole lifetime since then. I have always found it easy to go through changes and adapt easily to new ideas. It was never an adjustment for me to get married or to move around so much because of the career path my husband chose. Leaving friends behind was always harder for me than a major move – and frankly I had more trouble leaving Canada when I was 8 because of a friendship – than I ever did moving so much when I was an adult.
When I was young most everybody had one television in their home – usually black and white and if you were really rich – you had a color set in addition to the black and white. There was no such thing as VCR’s for recording programs that you missed – if you were gone (like church) you just simply missed it. Being a child of the 60’s and 70’s was not fun for that reason. Transistor radios and tape recorders were popular then – and I remember getting my own tape recorder when I was 10. I would record myself talking and singing – it was great fun!
When I was in Junior High and High School – record albums were in vogue – and I had many vinyls – like Michael Jackson, Carpenter’s, Barry Manilow, Elton John, Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire. Cd’s were starting to become popular in the early 80’s and did not catch on with us until later than that. We owned many cassette tapes and it was expensive to switch over – but switch over we did! And I remember when people were first getting Cd players in their cars – so expensive!
Our first computer in the mid 80’s was a 286 – long before the world-wide web was popular in homes. This computer was more like a word processor and I remember being at a job in Alaska where it was a big deal to train on one of these to make the office more efficient. I even worked as a manager for a cable place in Fairbanks, Alaska – and they used microfiche – and it was usually a week behind.
Our first taste of the internet was when Greg was given a computer for his 40th birthday – 11 years ago. We were a little slow getting with the program 🙂
I did have a cell phone back in the day. I used to be a sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics and would have long commutes to and from church on Wednesday – when I would drive down from our home to choir practice with 2 children in the car and it wasn’t against the law to talk on a cell phone yet. I would make my business calls while traveling. This was about 15 years ago. Cell phones and computers have come a long way since then.
I have always loved each new change – I had a LG flip phone for a couple of years – when it was new it was really great – but like any technology it soon got left in the dust – to be replaced by newer and more efficient models. I now use an iPhone – not the newest one – but it’s still an iphone 🙂
When my daughter was a teenager I joined MySpace. Facebook wasn’t even invented yet. I liked MySpace – could put my favorite music on there – and was considered to be a pretty ‘hip’ Mom for joining in and being a part of the younger people’s world.
When Facebook started to make some noise – and when my friend, Nat Holland told me she liked it better than MySpace because it was international – I thought I would check it out. I was ahead of my time because this was about 5 years ago – when NO ONE my age was on it yet. After that everyone began to join – even the ones that swore up and down that they would NEVER do it. 🙂 I have connected with hundreds of people from our ministry life all around the world because of this vehicle.
Two years ago I started a blog site and have been writing ever since. My husband says that I’ve always been a little bit ahead of the curve – fearless about starting something new – and though not reinventing the wheel – I’m really reinventing myself – through all the changes in technology and how people relate in social media available today. My life has taken on new meaning by doing this – I get numerous emails from my blog and have been able to develop and minister to many hurting people as a result. I love my blogging buddies! And I’m just a newbie – but I have actually encouraged and helped MANY people start blog sites of their own. It’s been a great experience for me.
My latest reinvention – twitter. I joined a couple of years ago – but could never get the hang of it – until…my pastor and friend, Stephen suggested that it might be good for connecting with others in business. I took him at his word and have put myself out there a little more and have searched and FOUND many music teachers like myself – who just need a little encouragement. Twitter is a quick way to stay involved and see what others are doing in the music community – and for them to see what I do as well. When you’re a private teacher – you need all the help and encouragement you can get!
Here’s to you as you reinvent yourself in this fast paced technology of today’s world. It’s your choice – learn something new – or get left behind. I choose to keep learning as I age.