Original post: 02/02/2019
Yesterday morning I was sitting at a lab waiting to have blood drawn and an old man walked in. Instead of checking in at the front desk with a person, the lab has kiosks that you check in on and then wait to be called up to the front desk. I watched the man standing in line for the kiosk and when the lady in front of him finished and started walking back to a seat he said to her, “You really look like you know what you were doing, I wish did!” He then walked up to the kiosk and just kind of stared at the screen for a few seconds before another lady sitting in the waiting area got up and asked if he needed help. She helped him check in on the kiosk and he thanked her and then asked a man sitting nearby if the chair next to him was taken.
This older gentleman was very friendly and had a very kind and outgoing personality. But watching this event transpire it suddenly struck me how much older generations must really feel out of place in todays society. It is almost as if this is not their world anymore, as if they are living in a foreign land. I admit this seems like a pretty dramatic reaction especially coming from someone who works in a profession dealing mostly with older people and seeing these kinds of things happen everyday, but for some reason this situation struck me so much more profoundly. I felt for this old man because I thought about how it must feel and how I will know exactly how it feels one day because I will be that old person in a world of new technology. I felt lost for him. The older gentleman however, seemed completely un-phased by any of it. He clearly has erred on the side of optimism his whole life while I, obviously, have not.
That was it. Just my somewhat strange observation while sitting half-awake in a lab waiting area. I guess I also should clarify I do not mean to make it sound like I think all older people are completely inept when it comes to technology- not at all. I guess I just wanted to write about it because it was weird; I don’t understand why it struck me as it did.
I am part of the generation that made ADD a thing and it shows. My thoughts are random and I am constantly squirreling, but that's what keeps things interesting, right?