LIVING A DREAM
Hi, I’m LJ and this is my blog where I showcase articles I’ve written for others. Mostly, I give advice – relationships, self-empowerment and even astrology – so basically, I’m living a dream.
So, a little about me – I’m often told I have a youthful demeanor, but I’m an admitted dinosaur. Let me give you a little perspective – I learned how to type on a manual typewriter. (I’ll give you a minute to let that soak in.) Luxuries like email and the Internet didn’t exist in my youth. It was a much simpler world. People talked on corded phones, and when you were away from home, people simply couldn’t reach you – and it was accepted. No one felt ignored if the phone rang endlessly or it was busy – we didn’t even have answering machines. (I remember the first time my younger cousin heard a busy signal and he didn’t know what it was – that still cracks me up.)
My world was somewhat insulated (compared to today’s www-world), and my choices didn’t come to me in the form of the tons of information that everyone now has at their disposal in a nano-second. Think it, search it, know it. At one time I became fascinated with Jacques Cousteau (the original guy, not his grandson) via the magical world of television, and I dreamed of being an underwater photographer, travelling the world’s most vast oceans and sandy beach islands, and swimming with dolphins. I lived on Long Island, New York, near the ocean, so it was well within my scope of possibilities. If I had been born in L.A., I’m sure I would have found writing scripts for television shows a more viable option, but maybe in the next life (unless you’re in TV and looking at this in this life – I’m available, call me). Instead though, I opted for the safety of the big city (NYC) where jobs were plentiful, the pay was good and sometimes you even got recognized and appreciated for your efforts. (I feel like I’m describing a fairy tale; it’s a different world now.)
By the time the computer boom hit, I was using the latest and greatest in modernized equipment to write my boss’ phone messages in email and typing on whatever state-of-the-art computer system people could come up with that month. People who had money (like my bosses) wanted the newest gadgets and people seemed to be creating new stuff to work (play) with in the gazillions and basically overnight. Four-pound cell phones, palm pilots (loved them), syncing software – you name it I was thrown into it as it was coming off the shelf. It wasn’t easy staying on top of the rush of information and changes that came my way, but it kept my brain cells active for sure. Plus, I was riding the wave and I was in my 20s in NYC – you can’t ask for better than that! The fashion, the clubs, the food, the fun! I was blessed.
DOS (aka pre-Windows) was my first “operating system.” I remember working in the World Trade Center on the 106th floor in one of my first “real jobs” in the late ’80s. I was the only one who knew how to do word processing, (formatting, merging, compiling, indexing and making stuff look “perty”) and so I did it all. The computer itself was so large it had its own room, complete with ice-cold air conditioning and the almighty life-save, the static mat. (If they had been invented in his day, I bet Tesla would have used a static mat.) The disk I had to use to start up my computer was about the size of a letter-sized FedEx envelope, I kid you not. When you put it into the over-sized floppy disk slot and turned that baby on – look out; it was loud! Yep, that’s how old I am, and I’m proud of it. I’ve learned and forgotten more things than is even fathomable.
In many ways, I feel blessed to have lived in this tumultuous era of automation. I have seen more things invented only to become obsolete in my lifetime than I can count. I’ve absorbed so much information (okay, some of it was useless, but fun) than I thought my brain cells had capacity to soak in. It’s fascinating, really. Life is fascinating.
Fast-forward to the 21st Century – Just before my wave crashed and deposited me on the shore along with all of the other obsolete objects and inventions, I began writing as a way to share my perspective on the millions of things I’ve researched, lived or heard about. Luckily, there were some interested enough in my writing to help me turn my passion into a living. It’s not all that I do, but it’s a huge part of my life. And for once I can say that I am living a dream – my dream. I found a world outside of working for lawyers and investment bankers (although I learned a lot about people there) and started concentrating on just the human experiences of day-to-day living in an ever-changing world, and sharing what I know about life, love and things like astrology, numerology and intuitive living.
There’s always stuff to learn, share and write about. And if I can live my dream and help others while I’m doing it, that just makes my whole dream world a little bit brighter.
Thanks for letting me share a piece of my world with you.
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