21st Century is Sweet 16

By | Jan 1, 2016

The 21st Century turns Sweet 16. And like a teenager wanting to break away from their parents, I’m sure the century wants to break away from being thought as ‘moving into the 21st Century’.

Where has the time gone?

At its birth I was sitting in a 911 dispatch center. Waiting for the world to end. Well if you believed the nonsense of Y2K that is.

Some may say that the 21st century began not on New Year’s Day 2000, but 2001. We celebrate our first birthday after we have lived a year. Why can’t the century?

And now it’s 16 years later, although it doesn’t seem that way.

But looking back on it, it seems like a long time. Those born in this century have no real concept on how it felt on September 11th when the towers fell. They don’t know what it really feels like to be broken down miles away from home without a cellphone in hand. They don’t know how easy it is to find information with the push of a return key, or a simple question asked to Siri.

Life in the 21st Century is much different that it was just those 16 years ago when the 20th end. Cell Phones were only used to call someone. Now using it as a phone is one of its minor functions.

Are we better off. I suppose it depends. Did our parents feel better off in 1999 than they did when they were in their youth. I’m sure that even those they had fond memories of those days, they would think that they are.

I have fond memories of the 20th Century and many of my favorite movies and much of my favorite music was made before December 31, 1999. But that doesn’t mean I want to go back. Do you?

So as the 21st Century turns Sweet 16, I want to wish all a Happy New Year.


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