Just after I made resolution that I would try my level best to keep up with technology, I dunked my mobile phone in the toilet (ewww) and also failed to access my blog for nearly a year.
What prompted me to make such a resolution?
I attended a concert at St Peter’s Lutheran College, a school that both my children attended decades ago. My friend Rose parked and we made our way to a lovely new concert hall, past new tennis courts, swimming complex etc. I was sure I could find my way back to the car.
Post concert, we got quite lost in the dark. Using my mobile, I was able to download a pdf map of the school campus and set off in the right direction. Along the way we met another senior with mobility issues and all she remembered was that she climbed 60+ stairs to get to the concert hall. She had no mobile phone, had wandered around, and was very lucky another person came to her aid.
I remarked to Rose that next time I would drop a pin to mark where the car is parked. And right then I resolved to keep up with technology. It is hard, I can completely understand difficulties posed by the internet and also mobile phones. Life has changed so much in the last 20 years and will change at an even faster pace. These days I do not answer the call if I don’t recognise the number, and block more calls than I take.
And to rub salt into the wound...
The other day my granddaughter, then aged 3, argued with me. I can’t quite remember the reason but she wanted to stay in my home and didn’t want me to return her to her parents.
Harriet: Why do you want to take me home Popo? You can’t do anything in my home.
Popo: What do you mean?
Harriet: You can’t turn on the TV, don’t know how to turn on Daddy’s iPad, you can’t do anything.
I laughed my head off because it is true.
So… once every month I will be attending a group of seniors learning how to better use their Apple products. And I’ve acquired a mentor through Brisbane Seniors On-line. I’m determined to keep up with my now 4 year old granddaughter!