Generation Z

Remember when we were kids and all we ever heard from our elders were annoying phrases like “when I was your age” or “I was lucky if I had” or “back in my day this didn’t even exist”. Back then (this was the early to mid-90s) I remembered thinking that I will never be able to say phrases like that to my kids because I felt like we, as a society, had reached our peak. I don’t know where this thought came from because laughably I had no idea about life or anything else for that matter. I believed, from the little knowledge I had at that age, that society had developed so much within the last 50 years that I could not imagine ever reaching another time in history where there would be a more drastic change in technology, lifestyle, media, communication and way of living within a span of 50 years again. I learned a few things since those days: don’t limit yourself and have a better imagination.

This got me thinking about all the things I would be telling my future kids or even anyone today who was born after the year 2000. I’ll be honest- compiling this list brought back a lot of hilarious memories and was so much fun!

Back in my day:

-the Internet was only available at home and only after you “dialed up”
-payphones were used and when cellphones came into the picture, they were the length of size 13 men’s shoes
-listening to the radio for hours on end just to cut out the commercials to make mixed tapes for someone meant that you cared (A LOT!)
-videos were only watched on tv (not on your phone or tablet)
-tablets were pills
-as a teenager you roamed the mall to hand out your resume when you were looking for a job
-blackberrys were just fruit
-if you needed to look up someone you used phonebooks instead of facebook
-face-stalking would have literally meant stalking ones face
-text were the writings in a book
-maps didn’t talk to you
-if you were curious about something you had to ask someone, go to the library or look it up in an encyclopedia because the definition of “google” is the number 10 raised to the power 100, not the world’s most convenient internet search engine
-if you had a bluetooth you really needed to see a dentist
-if you forgot to record your favourite show and you were out, you had to run to the nearest payphone to call home (hope they weren’t on the internet) and ask them to press record for you and force them to watch whatever it was you wanted to record
-when you told someone to meet you somewhere specific you just hoped they’d be there because there was no way of reaching them on the go
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In Memory of Heroes

Ten years ago today I woke up to get ready for school and turned on the television to check the weather and instead saw what only could be described as something I never thought I’d see. Good Morning America had an image of a plane flying into one of the World Trade Centres. The world was in disbelief- this, one of the defining moments of this generation.

My first thought was that we were watching actual footage of a plane experiencing engine failure but reports started streaming in on every channel that it had been the second hit and that it had been an alleged (at that time) terrorist attack- four jet airliners had been hijacked- I was shaken and terrified.

I remember being glued to the television screen while dialing everyone I knew just to confirm that I was seeing what the whole world was seeing- what every channel was airing.

The world on this day ten years ago was not divided by country lines and oceans but brought together by humanity, compassion and courage.

For the millions of people affected by this terrible tragedy- from the victims and their families, the survivors, the firefighters and to the people of New York- we think of you and remember you all today.