Change is constant and there is no way to stop it from occurring in your life. It is the nature of all things to change but it is still difficult to deal with. We grow, we get older we get better or we get worse. Nothing stays the same and when you look at society the past ten years has taken many of the staples of everyday life and sent them down the road to the graveyard of obscurity. Even though the new technology often provides a great service, most people long for the old days. Here are some of the things that are being replaced and why I miss them.
For those who grew up in the 1970’s or 80’s the landline phone was a staple of our lives. It was on the wall generally and in a common area of the house that made private conversations next to impossible. If you were able to get a private word their might be someone listening on the other line. There was an experience of politeness that modern kids miss out on. Calling someone’s house to talk to a girl would involve talking to a parent and asking if it was ok to talk to their daughter. There is also a freedom that has been lost by carrying a phone wherever you are. There is no chance to get away, your phone and other people can reach you anywhere with a call, a text or an email. There is a lot to be said for a phone that is left at home and allows you to live your life.
Most people under that age of 25 have never in their life written a letter. This is because the development of text messaging, email and instant messaging have made the traditional letter obsolete. However there is nothing that is quite as cathartic as receiving a letter in the mail from someone that you care about. There is something that makes a person feel special when there is a hand written note from someone else. It has been years since I have gotten a letter from someone in the mail and it is a piece of history that I wouldn’t mind seeing again.
Finally there is the demise of physical money and its replacement in credit and debit cards. This is one that is actually really good. Since the exchange of money seems to be a great way to transfer disease from one place to the next. Other than the feel of having a lot of cash in your hand the lessening of the use of cash has become more convenient and easier to use.