A simpler time

RobbieHuffakerSo there is a new iPhone coming out soon, and it will probably be slightly better than the last model and cost a fortune. Still, that will not slow down hordes of people from rushing to the store and throwing down their money. All in an effort to stay current with the times, I guess, but then what does it mean when you get to a point where you really don’t care anymore?

Coming from a 32-year-old father of three in his first semester of college—after a short and ugly first attempt years ago—I’d like to think that it means you’re making progress on the road to becoming an adult.

Starting back to college after such a long absence is a shock to the system; many of the people I attend classes with are considerably younger than me. This isn’t really a bad thing, yet I still find myself wondering how many of them remember a time before iPhones, iPods and Satellite television.

I grew up with five channels, no air conditioning, and no computer (of any kind!) Saturday mornings were reserved for cartoons and Sunday mornings for church. Things just seemed to have moved so much slower back then. Even when I was a little older and cell phones started to take off, they were almost the size of a laptop and had horrible reception, but it was a glimpse into the future.

Looking at my fellow college peers—mostly in the hallways of Building 2 between my classes─ I notice that almost every single person has some kind of technology close at hand. All the social media that’s present today makes it quieter in the halls then I remember from my first higher education attempt. (Queue crash and burn sound clip now)

I want to make the most out of my college experience: form as many friendships as I can, push myself academically, really see what I am capable of, take in as much as I can and just put myself out there whenever possible. The biggest problem I see so far is that I have a Southern mentality (meaning I’m not typically in too big of a hurry) and everyone else seems to be flying.

I won’t stop trying to connect with people, hopefully─ since I don’t spend hours a day on Facebook and Twitter─ I will have better luck. And to once again date myself, I quote the great Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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