I’m 29 years old, but really I should be saying “29 years of age” since I’m not actually old. Sure, I feel old some days, in body and in mind, but more often than not I know I’m young.
What usually makes me feel “old” are things I take for granted: the mail, a cheque, the last time I watched a TV show as it was being aired …
Let’s start with TV: I grew up with bunny-ear antenna for our TV, and five channels, one of them being the french versions of CBC. Later on we would gain a sixth channel, and it was a big deal. Hell, when ITV changed to Global Television, it was big news. Now with cable available pretty much everywhere, and DVR/PVR boxes, few people sit down to watch a show on time – unless it’s a big show and they don’t want to risk spoilers (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, etc.). I don’t remember the last show I sat down to watch on time, week after week. It was probably Buffy, Star Trek, or Stargate.
Now there’s Netflix, which just adds to the “I watch when I want to” category. I’m all for that, but I find myself unwilling to invest in a show in case it doesn’t live up to my standards. I use peer reviews a lot, which is why I’ve watched all of Scrubs and five seasons of Community with my girl.
The mail. Sending and receiving. I’ve had to educate one of my coworkers on Canada Post’s address formatting. He’s only six or seven years younger than me, but it made all the difference. He had never used Canada Post to send a letter, and probably hadn’t received anything but bills. When I was a child, I used to write to Santa, and patiently wait for a reply in the mail. While I don’t write to Santa anymore, I look forward to getting the mail from the mailbox. I like getting things in the mail, like letters, cards, packages, etc. Most of my bills are sent to me online, so I don’t even get many of those in the mail. Maybe I’ll start a pen-pal thing just to ensure I get some mail …
Which brings me to the last thing: cheques. I recently received my government rebate cheque in the mail and cashed it at the bank. The teller asked me if I wanted to set up direct deposit, and I politely declined, stating that I like the act of cashing the cheque, as well as receiving it in the mail. She made me aware that the Government is phasing the cheques out and moving to direct deposit only. It makes sense, but it makes me sad.
I am young, but some of my standards are old-fashioned and on their way out. I get a bit curmudgeonly when it comes to some of the new stuff, and I’ve already used the phrase “back in my day” with some people.
Time to bring in the new with a bit more acceptance.
Maybe that’s another reason why I’m in school now.
–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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