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!