Being 30 in America is also a time that has changed tremendously for us over the course of our life so far. We have had more technological change then almost any other generation. I remember when having a personal computer in the home meant someone in the family had a lot of money as they set the hard line phone receiver on their modem to connect to a B.B.S. board. Before the internet was made popular and if you wanted to make a phone call you used 1-800-collect or call att. Nintendo was the wave of the gaming future and Apple almost went out of business. The cordless phone eventually became popular, and a color television was so big it was sold at furniture stores because it was considered a piece of furniture. The internet eventually came around, after seeing the fall of Prodigy Online. AOL service was a 1-800 number you called from your dial up modem and you got about thirty minutes for $39.95, along with a new disc in the mail trying to get you to sign up for more. We went from BETA, Laser Disc, VCR, tapes, DVD, CD, HD DVD, to Blue Ray, and MP4. Getting a phone in your room was like negotiating a peace treaty during the Cold War. Cell phones replaced pagers and bag phones and you could keep track of your friends via MySpace then Face Book. The Rand McNally road map was the only way to plan your route of escape for vacation, then Map Quest, then Google maps.
We have dealt with the fast pace changes in stride and there has been a lot of them. We were expected to handle these changes which we did and be wise enough to proceed through life at every turn just like our parents did before us. Out generation has stepped up to many of the challenges that change has thrown us. It has made us innovative by nature and strives for answers to not only small problems but big ones as well. There is the great mind of this generation and we have been challenged by an ever increasing learning curve to come out on top time and time again. This continues my previous article about getting out of the way to let us show America what we got. There is a whole generation of us and following generations that are biting at the bit to show what we are truly made of. We have the stuff to make this nation greater than we entered it as long as we are allowed to do so. Look at how we have adjusted thus far and determine if things changed so quickly for our parents in the slow pace they grew up in if it would have been handled so fluently? I have heard things are easier because of technology but few would admit they are also harder as well. My work goes with me where ever I go as long as I have my cell phone. There are no true breaks and we are encouraged to not take vacation to get even further ahead in employment as our phone rings at midnight requesting something that could have waited till the morning. Our American Dream has been lost but can be found again and we are waiting for the doors to be opened again.