Change is inevitable… at least that’s what they say. For the most part I usually like change, but every now and then it seems that there are things that time is trying to change that would be better off left alone.
I love email, blogging, and digital photography. Years ago I loved using AIM (instant messaging), and even have fond memories of chatting with my (now) hubby when we were just friends. Now I love texting and playing Wii with its wonderful cordless controller.
But there are some things that I love the way they are. I haven’t been able to embrace the digital book age. Yeah, I get the whole “save a tree” and attempt to cut down the costs of printing, but I love holding the book in my hands. I love being able to see how much is left, and I love being able to quickly flip back a few pages to reread a part if I want to. I love the way new books smell, and the way they feel in my hands. I spent about a quarter of my life in the book industry, and I am so fond of the way it was. We even own an e-reader, but neither of us use it. It’s been in a drawer since we moved, not being missed at all.
In the same notion, I love reading magazines. I enjoy using the internet – we all do. I think it’s great that news is so accessible, and there is a wealth of information available to me at my fingertips. But there are times when I want to look at a colorful glossy page. I get excited about getting my subscriptions in the mail because it is so refreshing to get something other than bills and junk mail. Plus you can easily throw a magazine in your bag to take it along for the day, drag it around the house, or read it in the bathtub.
You can imagine my disappointment when I received one of my favorite magazines in my email in-box today. I’ve been looking for it on newsstands for months to no avail (even my husband was looking for it!). Well, I guess my long search is over now. I will acquire it each month now by signing up for the free email subscription. And as much as I love to save money (the hubs has dubbed me “Frugal McDougal”), I’m not really excited to get it for free like this. I spend so much time looking at my laptop, that my eyes love the relief of a printed magazine. I suppose I will get used to this in the way we are accustomed to not having to sign for small credit card purchases at Target. It’s weird at first, but then after a while, it’s the norm.
As I sign off tonight, I’m going to settle in with a cup of tea and my laptop to read the latest edition of the magazine. I’ll get used to it, I really will. Thankfully I adapt to most things pretty well… because there’s no way to change it. “It’s just the way it is.”
~Keep on Smiling~