We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them.  The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences (Nikola Tesla).  Sometimes I pretend I have a visitor from a prior century walking around with me.  I fantasize this individual has somehow time traveled from the past to the present.  I am showing this person around and explaining all the differences between my time and their time.  Looking at my world from this prospective reveals to me all the marvelous advances we’ve made and the truly spectacular inventions that have materialized.  I begin to appreciate the modern conveniences that I would otherwise take for granted.  Things like being able to commute to a job 60 miles away every single work day with ease and comfort.  Air conditioning in the heat of a Georgia summer becomes a grand accomplishment.  The fact I can have an illness or give birth to a child without expecting to die in the process is a blessing.  Even the clothes I wear, the comfortable feeling against my skin, is not something people in prior centuries necessarily enjoyed.  Our bedding, bathrooms, lights, and appliances are all science fiction as far as our ancestors would think.  I love the time in which I live.  I have nothing but gratitude for the conveniences and advances in this modern world I enjoy.  I use to imagine what it would be like to go back in time and do things over.  Now, when I think about living my life again, I know I’d just be marking the countdown on my calendar to the day I would be able to have a computer, the internet, and a cell phone!  Life is good.


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