In the old days, ten years was basically nothing, development wise. You’re out tending to your strip of land with your rudimentary implements and paying your feudal taxes to the big boss man up in the castle on the top of the nearest hill, and ten years later? Yeah, pretty much the same deal. The world you were born in was essentially the same as the world you left when you pegged it.
Even up until a century or so ago, there wasn’t really too much to separate the decades, with a glacial pace of change in human progress. But now? Bloody hell, you blink for a minute and everything’s changed.
You know this though, don’t you? You’re streetwise, down with the latest trends, well on top of things.
But even if you are, just pause for a minute and take a look at this list, tweeted by PR expert Andrew Bloch, which has gone viral.
Things that did not exist on Christmas Day 10 years ago:— Andrew Bloch (@AndrewBloch) December 10, 2017
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes
That’s right, a whole load of things which you now can’t ever imagine not existing have, in fact, been around for less than a decade.
Uber, Airbnb, Instagram, Snapchat, Bitcoin, the iPad, Kickstarter, Pinterest, the App Store, Angry Birds, Siri, Google Chrome, WhatsApp, Candy Crush, Alexa, Tinder, the Apple Watch, Facebook Messenger and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes: all not even teenagers yet.
How did we get around back in 2007 without Uber? How did we communicate without Messenger? Where did we put our pictures of food and get jealous of other people’s lives before Insta? How did we find anything out without Siri? How did anything get made without Kickstarter? How did anyone date without Tinder? And how did anyone use the internet before Google Chrome?
Well let me tell you something kids. There was life before all this stuff. But it involved Microsoft Internet Explorer and it was horrible. Imagine the Stone Ages but much worse. That was 2007. And Nickelback’s ‘Rockstar’ was in the charts too. It was unimaginably bleak.
True, ten years ago Brexit and Trump pretending to be a politician didn’t exist either but you can’t have everything.
Give thanks every day for the enlightened times we live in and get me a Pumpkin Spice Latte if you’re heading out - cheers guys.