Over the years, I have witnessed the progress and growth in our technology, the creativeness in the development of science, inventions, and methods that have influenced society and how we communicate. I have utilized those developments to communicate, but most of all, to reconnect with others.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to be able to communicate with family and friends. Friends that I have allowed those years to pass since we last talked. To locate someone, someone I thought a lot about during school years, but had not heard from in 30 plus years. Those years that I have concentrated on jobs, children, and struggling to find my way on my journey and forgot to share the experience with others. It has allowed me to be informed of their experiences, news in the making, so to speak, and share at that very moment with comments and pictures.
As I watch the generation of my grandchildren, I ponder on a question, will they understand the concept of reconnection? Today, they are connected from the time they are awake and even when they sleep, they wake up to messages that keep their status updated. Will they truly understand the feeling or notion of missing someone? Having that experience of mystery, anguish of anticipation, wondering if a letter will arrive or the phone will ring? Will they still have that intimate, personal connection that once a letter could offer that was saved for years? A letter that turned yellow with age and the writing has faded, but the words were memorized in the heart. The joy of a reunion, anticipation of finding out, the excitement of reconnection with someone you have not heard from in years.
Well, I may not be around to see the full circle, but right now I will say, I am enjoying the creativeness our technology has offered. I just hope the generations of my grandchildren do not take it for granted, but consider the privilege as a gift to build upon, positive concepts to build upon that will make things better. That the messages of hope, faith and love are shared more, and an entity of togetherness be joined to conquer the struggles of yesteryear, and make today and tomorrow a better environment for their grandchildren.