Mon | May 25, 2020

Embrace change or be left out

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:12 AM

The EDITOR, Madam:

AS I stood in a line six feet apart outside the curb of my neighbourhood pharmacy, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation of an older woman – probably in her early 80s – who stood ahead of me. She was clearly having issues adjusting her phone from its speakerphone mode as she touched what seemed to be every key on the phone pad but continued her conversation anyway. “I have not missed a church service since this pandemic. I use Zoom. After six weeks of trials and hiccups and being a technical novice, I eventually got it!” She exclaimed. Her voice had a winning tone, which made me smile inside.

Many may recall that it was during the 2008 economic meltdown that technological social changes such as Twitter, Facebook, the smartphone, and the email started gaining widespread momentum. Some matured, and older generations felt the change was thrown upon them, and some struggled with the adjustments while the unwillingness of others to embrace this technological change became irrelevant and, unfortunately, a casualty to the system.

Fast-forward to the present. With the stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of the coronavirus, our vastly sociable interactive world once again has come up with new and interactive ways to interact and socialise. The transition has to be fast, which means that we are left with little or no time for formal training. So be it forcefully or willingly, we must jump on board and figure things out as we go along or just like that woman at the pharmacy.

Life is constantly changing, so to remain relevant, independent, and personally fulfilled, we should never be afraid to embrace change.

DONNETTE ANGLIAN