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:

Author: Cymre

Disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and all things pets. You may know me as Cymre Brightblade. Catch all the pet battle strategies on my YouTube channel - CymreJones

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  1. Psst. Cymre. I’m going to tell you a secret but don’t tell anyone okay? I do not even have an OLD cell phone. Nothing. No cell phone at all. So some of us are going to arrive even later to that party than you!

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  2. Better late than never ;D! I’ve pretty much always been computer savvy and got my first computer in 6th grade. I find I also use Twitter a lot more than facebook, just prefer it :3 Also got an iPhone last year and I can’t imagine my life without it haha.

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    • @Ancient – LMAO

      @Veroicone – We had probably 2 computer classes when I was in High School and that was for typing…

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  3. I feel like I was late to the party for WoW. I didn’t start playing until 2008 and I did get my first level-capped character until Cataclysm.

    @Veroicone I just got an iPhone for Christmas and I LOVE the WoW Armory app.

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  4. While on the computer front, I’ve been ahead of the curve for a long time (I did tech support during the retail conversion to Windows 95, was running a BBS at the time, and had three computers at home), I didn’t learn to drive until I was 32!

    I’ve only had my Smartphone for, um. Well, I bought my iPhone 3G about a week before the 4 was first released.

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