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Amazing How Things Happen When You're Not Looking

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Yesterday was a day of torment for me....As I was preparing to really get started with my day, my husband said "I can't get on line" This then led to a long day of being the in-house tech support.

Often, when something like this comes up, it turns out to be such an easy fix, check the modem to make sure we haven't lost our cable internet...big storms, whatever, things happen. And then sometimes the router needs to be restarted for a reset. Given that those things are not at issue (and in this case, they weren't since I had been streaming in another room without issue and checking e-mail and sparking on my tablet) then of course the obvious thing is to check the given computer.

I won't bore you with all the details of my Alice through the looking glass day but it was a very long process before I had resolved all of the issues...some of those issues I admit I caused myself while trying to solve the problem. Finally however, his computer was restored and all was well with our world.

This morning I keep thinking about this and the thought kept spring up into my mind....when did this happen? I mean, when did I become our tech person?

I'm a senior citizen. I didn't grow up with computers. We used things like pencils and paper, fountain pens (if I need to explain what that is, perhaps you had better stop reading right now LOL) Telephones were corded or attached to the wall. Oh and those said phones had a rotary dial, each digit needing to be manually turned from it's spot on the dial to a stop. If you weren't at home people couldn't find you and if you needed a ride you had to find a pay phone. Televisions were huge boxes with small screens and filled with tubes that needed to be replaced at intervals. That is only a small list of the prehistoric sounding "marvels" that existed for most of my life.

I remember the first computer I decided to buy. I had no idea what I would do with it other than word processing which would put my typewriter forever out of business. I knew NOTHING about computers. We accessed the internet with dial up...lord I couldn't have done what I did yesterday even if I had a clue back then. I can still hear that annoying sound of the dial up connection!

Somewhere along the line I learned. I learned a lot. Most of that learning came by doing. I committed to exploring and trying to learn the what, where, and how. My husband however had no interest in the computer at all. That was ok, back then we only had one computer and I fell in love with all that it could do....when everything worked as it should! LOL The more I learned and the more I did with the computer, the more interest he had himself. That of course led to our multi computer household but it also led to days like yesterday. Something not quite right? "hey, something's wrong with my computer!" LOL

Now, I'm not sharing all this to blow my own horn. What has struck me is how this same phenomena occurs in so many aspects of our lives.

SparkPeople for instance. When we first join SP, we only know what we know. For some of us, that means we first have to learn why we have the relationship we have with food. We set goals and we focus on those goals and the things we believe we need to do toward meeting them. Often that has to be redefined as we go along when we learn more about the process. We may set out sights on the scale or the fit of our clothing so we don't always see the little changes as they happen. Then one day, we might find that how we feel about food and exercise, health and fitness, has changed totally.

When I finally got his computer working properly yesterday I was glad of course, a little proud, but more than that, I couldn't wait to get out of the chair and get started on my step goal for the day. I didn't feel well having sat so much during the day and I knew what I needed to do.

Just another case of "When did that happen?"
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