2013? How in the world did this happen?

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You see, I’m old enough to remember when partying like it’s 1999 was a big thing…and now it’s 2013!  I remember my grandma talking about the olden days and now 1999 is the olden days…yikes!

I do find it interesting to think back to what we thought the world would be like in 2013 (okay, okay, I’m sure we didn’t really think about the year 2013…more like 2010, but that kind of ruins the whole concept of this post…so you’ll just have to play along with me for a while).  We thought we’d be riding around in those Jetsons-like air cars instead of the same old automobiles that we’ve been driving for decades now.  Or that space travel would be routine for every-day citizens of the world, we’d be taking our summer vacations on Jupiter or Venus rather than the Lake of the Ozarks.  And robots would be doing all of the manual labor involved in everyday living…you know, house work, yard work, routine maintenance.  Instead, we’re all still doing our own manual labor as well as holding down our paying full-time jobs.

On the other hand, I don’t think any of us imagined the role that computers would play in our lives…or, if we did, we had no idea how tiny they could be and still have so much power.  And cell phones?  Sure, we had car phones…big things in a carrying case.  But who would have thought that your cell phone could also be your computer?  And that we would be connected to our friends and family (and anyone else who might have the slightest interest) 24/7 through social media.  When I think about my grandpa doing so much research over the years to study our family’s history, how he had to travel all over the country to unearth clues to our ancestors…I imagine how much he would have enjoyed what he could do online in this day and age.

Of course, there are things that haven’t come to fruition…I thought we’d have learned how to beat cancer by now…how to take care of our planet and the creatures who reside on it…how to get along with people who are different, to accept people for who they are rather than trying to remake them into what we think they should be.  That we would figure out how to eradicate hunger and poverty, racism and intolerance.  I guess we still have a lot of work to do, but there’s no time like the present to get the work done.

Happy New Year!  Let’s make this the best year ever!

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8 Responses

  1. “Of course, there are things that haven’t come to fruition…I thought we’d have learned how to beat cancer by now…how to take care of our planet and the creatures who reside on it…how to get along with people who are different, to accept people for who they are rather than trying to remake them into what we think they should be. That we would figure out how to eradicate hunger and poverty, racism and intolerance. I guess we still have a lot of work to do, but there’s no time like the present to get the work done.”

    We are on the same page and after witnessing this congressional debacle; my resolve is to become more involved in local grass roots politics to make sure we send people to Congress who will get serious about why they are there.

    “Happy New Year! Let’s make this the best year ever!”

    May you and your loved ones have a wonderful 2013 as well.

    P.S. I may have already done this but if so; please accept my 2nd congratulations on winning the 2012 NaNoWriMo Award. :-)

    • Thanks so much, Carolyn…yeah, I think it really is up to each of us to take control of the political scene…they do work for us and our taxes do fund their paychecks (and lots and lots of benefits). Happy New Year~

  2. You’re right, in the things that matter, we don’t seem to be making much progress.
    Who knew we’d spend hours on the computer each day, using it for so many things?
    I imagine your grandpa enjoyed seeing the places his ancestors called home.

    • That’s a good, if sad, way of phrasing it, Patti…Grandpa did enjoy all of the travel and getting to know people he was related to…it just took him so much longer to uncover info than it would now…I think, anyhow…but, he did see a lot of the country and meet a lot of new folks.

  3. We used to have one of those huge car phones in the case! :) Ah, memories…
    Here’s to a fabulous 2013!!

  4. I always wanted a Rosie and those machines where you push a button and your hair gets done up in the morning would be nice.

    I totally agree with your last paragraph. I hope it happens, quickly!

    Hope your year so far has been splendid!

    • I know, Simone…a Rosie would be awesome! Wish someone would actually invent one…well, one that I could afford…that would likely be the sticking point for me…oh well, a girl can dream!

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