I can remember when I was about 10 years old, my Daddy bought me a really cool watch. It had a digital display and lit up with a cool blue-green light when the button was pushed. I think it also had an alarm on it too. That was almost 20 years ago but I recall that watch often and here’s why. When I first got the watch I was a bit over whelmed by the whole 3 buttons on the side of it. Listen people, this was way before the iPhone was even a thought let alone the norm… Using the directions that came with it, I learned how to set the time and date, switch back and forth between the two displays and made the thing light up… while in bed under the covers of course. I even figured out how to set alarms for no particular time but very important pretend business meetings I’m sure. I was 10, I didn’t actually have any real appointments that my parent’s weren’t already going to get me to. I figured that darn watch out to a tee.
I was really proud of my ability to operate what seemed, at the time, to be a complicated piece of technology. I was proud that I’d figured it out.
Now, every once in a while I’ll get something new like a phone, or an app, or this here website and I hear this little voice inside my head say “You’re going to master this just like that watch Daddy got you.” It’s such a comforting thought. In a short period of time I will know exactly how to use this new thing. I cherish this lesson and the confidence it’s given me over the years. My Mom has always reminded me of this lesson too when I’m nervous about applying for a job that I don’t know how to do. “Honey, it’s not like they won’t teach you how to do it.” she says. Right, thanks Mom!
Do you have any random, seemingly mundane, childhood memories that taught you some big life-lessons as an adult? If so, I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.