When did this become so ordinary?
It happened in January. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw it. The International Space Station was Live. Live. On my phone.
I couldn’t stop watching.
For almost a year I’ve witnessed a technological introduction of incredible proportions and I’ve become so spoiled I haven’t given it a second thought.
How had I become so blasé about technology and social media that watching an astronaut in space was normal?
I hear you, “Of course we can watch someone in space on our phone — how old are you?”
Well, I grew up on Atari, Coleco, and phone booths if that helps — this is definitely an upgrade.
Still, I wonder what took me so long to appreciate this.
When I was a kid there wasn’t a hero I didn’t want to be, a galaxy or adventure I didn’t visit, or a dungeon I didn’t explore.
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Battlestar Galactica, or Dungeons & Dragons — my imagination was a link to acting in and building worlds of fantasy and adventure.
I still remember getting my cardboard Battlestar Galactica cockpit in the mail, setting it up in a closet in my room so the cockpit had a door, and flying off to dangerous planets.
Fast forward almost forty years later and now I can watch the space station live from my phone. I can’t shake my amazement.
Since this has happened I’ve tried to pay more attention to the types of Live content online and I can’t help but smile at how far we’ve come as a society.
I’ve dropped in on the birth of a giraffe (well, waiting for the birth I ran out of time), I’ve watched behind-the-scenes photo shoots from NY Times Cooking, and checked out my favorite soccer team warming up — all from my phone.
I get it — video gets more engagement. More organizations are doing video, etc. Those aren’t the things I care about right now. I’ve managed to step away and just enjoy the fact that I CAN do these things.
You could argue whether this type of access is good or bad. You can even argue that younger generations don’t think twice about it — my 17-year-old son has grown up with all of this.
But I think regardless of our age it’s easy to take this for granted.
I wrote awhile back about shaming on social media. It represents the worst of what social has to offer. Not to mention how contentious we’ve become with one another.
Here’s the good news. We can also watch someone in space, the miracle of life, or follow our favorite team like never before.
My two cents? Next time you’re on Facebook look up something you’re passionate about — something you’ve always loved. Check out the access you have and allow yourself to be amazed.
Seen something amazing lately? Feel free to share because I’d love to check it out! In the meantime I’ve got a Live D&D game to watch on YouTube.