I was taking a walk with my friend yesterday morning, when I received a text message on my mobile phone, from my aunt who is in her sixties,“ Hi, HRU? We r fine, tried calling u B4 but phone was busy. I wndt to come and visit u 2day:)” I was shocked to see this message sent by my aunt who was in her sixties and was confused but had to respond. I had to change the way I used to send messages and learn this new way, I wrote” Gr8, 2day m home as KDZ have HOLS, u can come visit:)”
How has the smiley, taken over? This new way of sending text messages had left me thinking. When my aunt came over to visit me we talked about this topic and I asked her how she had changed in her sixties? She explained to me how this happened. She said she had four grandchildren, who would send her text messages and she would have trouble reading and replying to these messages, that’s when she logged on to the computer and surfed the Internet and made a note of this new way of sending, these text messages, which she said had become very important for her to learn at this stage of her life to stay in touch, with her grandchildren and if she did not learn how to do this, she would stop receiving text messages from them and would not know, how to stay in touch with them, as they were away in different cities, working or studying.
Even in her sixties, she had the inclination, of learning something new and did not hesitate to go ahead and adapt. She said she had done a couple of mistakes initially, but her grandchildren helped her correct these mistakes. I was amazed, anything for her grandchildren-I thought. It reminded me that with changing times, we had to learn to change and learn these new ways of keeping in touch, she said she was on Facebook and did not hesitate to send a good message or click on the like button if she did like something. Her grand children would help her learn these new ways and felt very proud of their grandma. She was open-minded and did not talk about what they were eating or if they had gone for a haircut in a long time, instead she would love to play FarmVille. Although I was aware, of this new way of text messaging, but I did feel annoyed and upset initially when I used to receive a text message like this, but after meeting my aunt, I felt she had calmly adapted to this new way and changed her outlook towards things. It got me thinking and I thought if she can be okay with this, I should too!
Sometimes life just wants us to be okay with the changes occurring, around instead of worrying about or thinking about it. Enjoying with this new generation of youngsters and learning something new with them, helps us strengthen the relationships.