AxisPortals came of age during the moon frenzy. She read Tom Corbett books, drank bright orange Tang, begged her mother to purchase SpaceFood Sticks (the chocolate version was just barely edible, but the taste wasn’t really the point–it was the idea of the thing that mattered), and could, like most children of that era, do a perfect imitation of a NASA launch countdown. “Lift-off” soon became part of the everyday vocabulary of childhood.
Even the family cookie jar bore witness to the urgency and romance of the space race.
Over the weekend, the fifteen year old that AxisPortals knows best observed, in passing, that he found Facebook rather dull. Oh, he said, it had been fun for a little while, but with everyone (and their parents and grandparents) there–and with the endless invitations, applications, and updates–the initial appeal for him had faded considerably. On the whole, he noted, MySpace, despite its current lack of cool, had been a whole lot more fun. At least it could be readily tinkered with, and it wasn’t quite so parent heavy. Somewhere in there, he sighed over the boredom of it all.
AxisPortals wonders what, if anything, in the technological realm today fills us with wonder and excitement? What makes us want to dance in the moonlight all over again?
Countless gurus inform us of how we can and should use technology to improve our personal and professional lives, but it’s just as important to tend to what captures our imaginations, what fires us up, what gets us moony and starry-eyed, what makes us want to reach for something more.
AxisPortals Aphorism: In the rush toward technology, don’t miss out on the romantic rush of dancing by light of the moon, or the sweet challenge of reaching for it.