Late to the Party
There have been several things in my life that I began to use or learn about quite late compared to other people. Today I’m going to focus on three of these.
At 21 I learnt to drive. I really wasn’t in a rush to learn like some of my classmates, etc. It was towards the end of my Nursing degree after being persistently encouraged to get my driver’s licence, especially since I would have all those early morning Practicums at various hospitals.
All through University, I didn’t have much experience with a computer, let alone have an email address. When handing in my Lab reports for my Science degree I was the only one who had submitted hand written ones (at least that I saw). Even at the end of 1995, I used my boyfriend’s laptop to type up my profile page for the College yearbook.
In 1997, I went on a European Contiki tour and towards the end of the trip when everyone exchanged their contact details I still didn’t have an email address. The next year, as a result from my Graphic Design course, I bought my first computer so that I could practice my skills and work from home. When I sent out my first test email to family, my brother sent a reply saying it was nice to see me finally online.
Since then I’ve become more savvy with computers, how they work and the internet. I’ve had a Facebook account ever since a work colleague convinced me to set one up years ago. In the last six months or so, my interest in Facebook has somewhat fizzled and find I’m using Twitter a lot more. In fact, it’s only in the last few months that I’m really embracing the use of Twitter as well as maintaining various websites including the Guild website.
When I went to an old school friend’s milestone birthday a couple of years ago, a few of them, including the Birthday girl, proceeded to upload a pic to Facebook during the party. At the time, I still had my Sony Ericcson phone (non-smartphone) even though it was about 5 years old. In October 2010, I took the plunge after my phone finally died and bought my first smartphone. It’s funny how easy it is to catch up on news or gossip in real-time and how fast things can become viral – the good kind not the dodgy ones that can destroy systems or networks. It was only today on a news update that they were talking about the new youtube video that had gone viral, which in turn gave me the idea for this post.
So I may have been late to the party for some things in my life but it’s hard to imagine life without these things. I’m also reminded of a tweet I wrote a while ago:
Change can be hard, but it's the only way to know what you're capable of
— Cymre Jones (@Cymre) October 27, 2011