It’s fascinating how technology changed our lives. It is easier to communicate now than it is 10 or 20 years ago, not to mention that it is less costly also. Today, you can send a message to a person who is at the other part of the globe in just few seconds. Technology helps us also reunite with our childhood friends who now reside in Timbuktu. A lot of businesses also save a lot of time and money on business travels because of technology (i.e. teleconference or video conference).
For me, technology became a tool to gain new friends and to express myself, without being judged. Because in the virtual world, people do not care where you came from, the kind of family that you have, the grades you got in school, the mistakes that you did throughout your life, etc.
Today, I will share with you the four roles I played that evolved the same way technology evolved through the years.
24. Phonepal – Way back in highschool, when having a mobile phone is too costly, I was introduced to the wonders of meeting new people and gaining new friends through phone. I spent an average of 3 hours on the phone everyday talking about life, what I am doing at that very moment aside from talking with somebody at the other side of the line (see, I my multi-tasking skills were developed because of this), etc. I met a Eric, a band member, was introduced by my aunt to Frank, a guy who looks life Joacqs of TGIS and who became my friend for a couple of years, and Che, someone who I considered an elder sister and adviser who became a close friend until now. As I look back, the time I spent with these people over the phone may seem as a waste of time, but I consider it also as an experience that gave me valuable life’s lessons – of expressing myself confidently.
25. Textmate – When I was in second year college, my parents were so generous to buy me a mobile phone. My fist one was the colorful COM 509 Bosch mobile phone, then I asked for a smaller (so small that you can hide it inside your hanky) C25 Siemens mobile phone. Until, the proud Nokia 3210 came in the picture that made everybody salivate with its one-of-a-kind features. With my new Nokia 3210, I had a lot of text mates – gained a lot of friends, and spent a considerable amount of money on cellphone loads during the time that Smart’s Alltxt 10 and Gaantxt 10 are not yet conceived.
26. Chatmate – I never had a typical debutante party when I turned 18. I’m not a fan of formal gatherings or cocktail parties that you are obliged to wear those itchy gowns and to have your hair transformed into an unimaginably hard and ultra-sticky work of art by a local hairdresser. Instead, I asked for a desktop computer – something I dreamt of having as an amateur writer of a college paper. Until I got entertained by chatting online when I started visiting http://www.excite.com, then eventually discovered the now defunct Java Room of http://www.globalpinoy.com where I learned branding (Haha!). When I first logged on Global Pinoy’s Java Room, my user name is just “May.” Nobody noticed or dared to ask for my ASL (age, sex or gender, location). Until I left the room and re-entered with my brand new user name “Gorgeous May.” There, I met a lot of people – US immigrants who never want to go back to the Philippines anymore, OFWs in the Middle East and Japan, employees, students, bums, etc. Until now, I’m amazed at how we all met with just few clicks. To this day, some of them remained to be life-long friends, while I lost touch with most of them already. Nevertheless, my day-to-day communication with them somehow developed by confidence in dealing with different people from all walks of life, not to mention that it also honed my typing skills.
27. Blogger – Writing is therapeutic. For some, shopping, going to the gym, eating their comfort food or going on a vacation relieves their stress. I’m glad that mine is budget-friendly and does not require much cash except for my initial investment of a netbook and a handy internet connection which I can bring along wherever I go. Blogging creates a different world for me, apart from my life as an employee, as a wife, as a mother, as a daugther, and all the other roles in my life. Blogging allows me to speak my mind and to reach out to strangers who can relate to my posts. I guess, I will do this for the rest of my life as I have found an immeasurable joy and sense of fulfillment for every blog that I finish writing.
For the past 31 years of my life, I’m astounded at how technology changed our way of living. I’m glad that I’m part of a generation that witnessed and experienced what used to be a dream of the previous generations. The everyday learning that we gain by just figuring out how to use Instagram, how to sync your Blackberry with your PC, how to create traffic on your website through SEO, etc. is something that you cannot learn inside the four corners of a typical classroom. With that, I commit to be adaptive of all the changes that are yet to happen in my life.
Adaptive to life’s changes,