Before all of the technological advances I was living a life of limited possibilities. Taking advantage of the new technology has turned my ‘senior’ life around and made me (almost) believe in magic again.
Senior memories of a writer before Technology.
My senior memories of life before technology were rife with frustration when I wrote my plays on a Selectric (ball) typewriter.
Consider this: I’m writing a play about Women’s Suffrage and I have an idea (a day in the life of a suffragette) but I need research on the particulars of the women’s right to vote and run for office.
I get dressed, drive five miles to the library, and spent a couple of hours tracking down the topic. When I return with my notes, three hours of my writing day are gone, and when I sit down in front of my IBM Selectric, I no longer care about a day in the life of a suffragette.
With the technological advances I can get detailed information at the click of a mouse, my ideas can flow without interruption, and my energies are concentrated on the actual creative part of the writing and not wasted on fact finding.
My Microsoft word processor take care of all the keyboarding minutia, aids me in my research and I can concentrate on the getting my ideas down.
Senior Memories in my personal life
Senior memories of life before technology are memories rife with regret. I regretted that fact that sister lived three thousand miles away and communication was limited to pricy long-distance phone calls, and an occasional letter.
Now I can e-mail or send her an instant message on a daily basis.
Technology is taken for granted by young people today. They wouldn’t understand that their ‘birthright’ is my acquisition.
I’m grateful to be alive at the time a man by the name of Bill Gates held the belief that the personal computer could be a valuable tool in office and home and spent his life making his vision a reality.
Microsoft Windows line of OSs, (coming out in the mid-1980’s) made more than millionaires, it made my day for the rest of my life.
How different was life before all the technology that exists today?
If used properly, it is the difference between knowledge and ignorance, communication and isolation, and night and day.