In the Year 2000

 

When I was a kid in elementary school, most people had a TV in their home, but not everybody did.  I guess that’s why they trotted us down to the school auditorium every so often to watch Walter Cronkite.  He narrated a show called “The 21st Century”.  The show was, at first, called “The 20th Century” and took a look at history.  It changed in 1967 to “The 21st Century”, a show about the future.  I found and attached this YouTube clip so you can check it out.

It’s a funny video to watch, and it’s interesting to see what they got right and what they missed the mark on.  It seems to me that some of the things we see today are way ahead of where they thought we would be.

Somethings though… Where is this 30 hour work week that was coming along with  the increased technological advances?  The thing I’m most disappointed with…  No flying cars.  There wouldn’t be any traffic jams in the year 2000.  We would all be driving flying cars to relieve the road system.

Now I’m asking you to think of a time you were in a traffic jam.  We have them every day here in the Washington, DC, area.  Realistically, I don’t think we’d be better off if everyone was flying, instead of driving, in most scenarios.  Anyway, I feel like I Walter lied to me.

The future is hard to predict.  I remember selling computers in the nineties.  Most people were buying their first home computers. The knowledge and familiarity were just not there.  People would come in and say “My kid needs a computer for school”.  It’s the same as people who come into a cell phone store now and say “My grandkid says I need an iPhone.”

I can’t be too hard on Walter.  3D printers are $3500 now.  I guess it won’t be long before they’re affordable and we all have one.  If you try to think fifty years into the future, I’ll bet you don’t know the half of it.  It would be interesting to write down your predictions and revisit them in fifty years.  I don’t have that kind of time, but maybe you do.

It’s hard to believe that we’re getting ready to ring in 2017!  When I was a kid, 2000 was way in front of us.  Now, the Year 2000 is long gone.

Happy New Year!  Have a great 2017! I hope we get flying cars soon.

– Cat

Review, Reflect, Reinvent, Resolve

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I’ve seen so many posts on social media in the past few weeks.  It seems like so many people are just over 2016.  Lots of folks are saying that 2017 has to be better than 2016.  Is one year better than the rest, or is every year what you make of it?

The title of this post lists the four things I like to do over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  For some people it’s a time to party hard.  I prefer to use the time for marking progress and moving on.  Of course, I like to celebrate as much as the next person! As the new year begins, though, I like to start with a sense of purpose.

Review

When you’re reviewing 2016, be mindful of the ups and don’t focus on the downs.  There will be plenty of tough spots in every year.  Rent them… don’t make a long-term investment in them.

Reflect

Spend some time reflecting on your accomplishments and your opportunities during the past year.   Bask in the sunlight of your achievements.  You really did a great job in a lot of areas last year!  Maybe everything didn’t go as planned. But let’s face it, some things went extremely well.  What would you like to change?

Reinvent

If anything were possible, what would you work towards in the coming year?  What’s keeping you from getting where you want to be? Use this precise moment when the year changes to reinvent yourself. You’re in charge of creating the life you want!

Resolve

Set your mind where you want to go, and fix your sights on it.  Then turn your feet in that direction and start moving.  Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.  This is not a dress rehearsal… this is your one shot! It’s go time!  2017

If you think that this sounds like a pep talk, it is!  It’s my new and improved 2017 pep talk to myself.  I’m sharing it with you, because I suspect you need a pep talk too!  If you don’t… tell me how you figured it out!  If you do, you can borrow mine, or create your own.  But whatever we do,  we won’t let life “happen” to us in 2017!

– Cat

The End of the Year

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Well, Christmas is over, and onward we march into the new year in a few days.  Anybody remember when we partied like it was 1999?  A lot of people shared prophecy that the world would end when the clock struck midnight, and the year 2000 started.  The panic of Y2K.  As it turned out, it was a lot of fuss over nothing.

Every year, it seems like Christmas is coming somewhere up ahead in the future.  Then, all of a sudden it’s here.  Then, just as quickly, gone.  Some folks feel a bit of sadness when Christmas passes, after all the buildup.  My birthday falls between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so I feel like it’s a celebration all week!

Now that my kids are grown, Christmas reinvents itself every year.  Some traditions stay, and some fade, as others emerge.  When I think of Christmas ten years ago, life has completely changed.  We’ve lost a few people, and gained quite a few new lives.

Now, it’s time to reflect on the dreaded resolutions.  This year, I feel like I have a million and one things that I want to do differently, or be better at, in the new year.   I’m still working on my final picks, since I can’t narrow it down.

I have:

Writing Goals

Health Goals

Family Goals

Career Goals

They are all urgent, so I will have to give them all a place in the resolution arena.  I tend to make big, chunky resolutions that I abandon, usually in January.  You know what they say about good intentions.  I give myself credit for trying again every year.  I need to set attainable goals, and break down the huge goals into little bites.

Do you make resolutions?  Can you stay committed to them?  Do you have any secrets to share about how you reach your year-long goals?

I hope that everyone had a beautiful Christmas.  If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you’re enjoying the end of the year.  Let’s make 2017 the best year ever!

– Cat