I remember, back in the day, being given a math problem in class. Our 2nd grade teacher wanted us to figure up how old we would be at the turn of the century (2000). This was in the days of not using calculators in class. I got busy figuring it up, and whoa! I'd be 44 when that momentous event happened. 44! I'd be so old, why I might not even be alive in 2000.
I had a lot of living to do before then. After all, it took forever and a day to reach my 7th birthday.
It makes me chuckle now to think of my mind-set then. 44 seemed impossibly old to a 7 year old. Now, I realize a 40 year old is only getting started. 50 is the new 30, you know ...
Amid all the hub-bub of Y2K, the turn of the century did arrive, and guess what? The world still turned and I was still here. What a surprise!
No, my life did not look in any way what I envisioned as a child. Paul McCartney never accidentally met me and swept me off my feet. The government never did (as of this date, anyway) contact me and ask me to get into the "spy game" for them... I wasn't even rich and famous! But, life HAD really changed since those innocent years of the sixties. Ideas of the internet, cell phones and microwaves certainly never would have occurred to me then. (To this day, I still find a FAX machine a marvel. How can a telephone device make a copy of a page and seconds later a FAX anywhere in the world can print out a copy of the same page?)
When I was a kid, I used to imagine what George Washington or Abraham Lincoln would think if they could come back to life and see how the world has changed. Now I believe if they could view 2014 and see not just our technology, but the way culture, government and ideas have changed so drastically, they would be very surprised indeed. Surprised, yes! Pleased? I don't think so ...
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: surprise. I chose this one because I'm surprised I'm still here. For more fun responses, head over to Kat's blog link-up at Mama's Losin' It.