In this post, I wrote about things I thought were true when I was five. I was reflecting today on just how different my life is from what I expected. My formative years were spent mostly before the internet was common, and though I grew up around my dad’s clunky yet trusty 286, I never dreamed computers would be such an essential part of my life. I’m sure everyone reading this can resonate on some level, so please feel free to provide your own examples in the comments.
When I was a kid, I never dreamed I’d…
…work with computers constantly, both at work and at home, have a monitor that’s about an inch thick, and consider my internet to be essential while cable TV is not.
…be able to pay somebody to shoot me or my loved ones in the face with a laser, for any medical purpose.
…actually have a published novel in any form, since self publishing in my youth meant you had access to a good copy machine and made ‘zines.
…have a blog, once again, see the lack of internet and lateral communication.
…become good enough at pen and ink drawing to do decent illustrations. Pen and ink was a loved but unheard of dream at the time.
…carry a tiny portable telephone that connects me to anyone anywhere in the country without long distance fees. I grew up in the bad old days of corded phones, peak calling times and long distance.
…learn to blue and parkerize metal, learn to use a mill or a lathe or a grinder, become comfortable with power tools, and learn the pure love of a good pressurized air system. I grew up being nervous even around hand tools.
When I look at the things I can do, that I never dreamed I would be able to, and would have thoroughly envied anyone I knew who could, the future doesn’t seem too dim. What possibilities are still in store for all of us that we never imagined would be possible?