I was lost. Not on a mysterious island with a smoke monster lost. Not crying desperately for a warm bed and maybe a fire to keep the creatures at bay lost.
Nope. Merely lost.
I’d thought I could find my way from our rental house in Key West to the transition area for the Bone Island Triathlon, in which my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be On The Move, was competing. I was supposed to meet her as she came out of the water from a one-mile swim and before she left on her 56-mile cycling course.
Unfortunately, I’d lazed around in bed for a bit too long, much too confident in my own ability to navigate the twisty streets of Key West based only on a hazily printed map of the area that the triathlon people had sent to us. I thought it would have been easy.
I was, of course, wrong.
I’d hopped onto my rental scooter and taken off in the direction I thought led to the transition area. After my first guess turned up empty, I started doing the most unmanly but most dudely thing I could think: I started asking for directions from the race volunteers.
To a man and to a woman, they all responded with, “Um. . . I dunno.”
Which was about the time that I remembered I had a slab of the future riding along inside my front shorts pocket. I had a device on my person that was so advanced that a person from 1980 would have had to cart around a couple of semi-trucks behind her to achieve only half of what this phone could do.
In less than three minutes I had precise directions on how to get from where I was to where I needed to be. An everyday occurrence, yes? But think about it. Think about all that can be done by a little slab of glass, plastic and metal that we throw into a bag, or slip into out back pockets without a second thought.
It’s a little bit of a miracle, really. And the younger dudes and dudettes of the upcoming generation are never going to have known a time when they didn’t have an automatic map, dictionary, thesaurus, comedy club, movie camera, still camera, sound recorder, game center, instant communicator with anyone and everyone at every time thing sitting in their pockets. The only thing it can’t do is initiate a beam up to a starship.
Seriously, dudes. I think it’s probably time for us to just sit back and appreciate all the wonders that are filling the world around us at an ever-increasing rate. This is the future, dudes. It’s here in some places and it’s protruding into the present at an uneven rate. But it’s here.
And I think we need to understand just what a wonder it can be.
We don’t have to be lost. At least, we don’t have to be as long as we remember we’ve got something besides change in our pockets.