For this article I wanted to do something little bit different.
I am based in the UK but I like to acknowledge other holidays going on at the moment.
In the USA it’s thanksgiving week. It’s a holiday where the people of the USA remember the things that they are thankful for. I would like to talk about what I am thankful for. As such I have three stories that I would like to share with you.
I am thankful that I actually have the tech that I have. I have an iPad as well as a desktop computer and a laptop computer. I also have a smartphone. In my house I have a superfast internet connection.
I talked about this in another post earlier this year but when I went to India I stayed at a house where their internet connection was good enough to browse web pages, view some emails and that’s pretty much it. They also had a desktop computer that was good enough for getting on the internet to do just that.
There was one day where we lost electricity for a few hours, so no internet, no TV, nothing. Thankfully my iPad had enough battery power to last until the end of the day. Sure it could not get onto the internet but at least I had a few games loaded on there. 5PM rolled around and then thankfully the electricity came back on.
When I came back to the UK about a few weeks later I was so thankful to come back to my house. It was such a good feeling to be back home. Of acourse the next day I was back on my desktop computer, my superfast internet. I was really thankful and it made me realise how thankful I am to have a house with an internet connection, a computer and the other things.
Another thing that I am thankful for is my eyesight. In february I had an operation on my eyes. In the first three or four days after the operation I could not use a computer, smartphone or a tablet. I was not allowed to look at any screens at all. Knowing this I had downloaded a few episodes of my favourite podcasts and some audiobooks to my phone. I was just about able to see the screen of my phone for 30 seconds before having to turn my phone’s screen off again. I was also able to recognise the icons of my podcast app and the logos of the various podcasts that I listened to. I was also able to make out the cover art of the audiobooks that I listened to but that was pretty much it.
For a couple of weeks after the operation I could use my computer, my iPad and my smartphone, however I had to magnify things a lot or increase the font size on everything so I could read properly. I thought about the visually impaired and how they have to cope with their impairments. Fast forward to today and I am back to normal. I can see things although I still have to increase the font size or zoom in on web pages. I am really thankful that I have a working pair of eyes, because there are others out there who have to use technical workarounds (like screen readers).
Of course there are other things that I am really thankful for such as my family, the house that I live in to name but a few things. However, I am also thankful for this website. I have been writing about technology for nearly four and a half years. I started this website because I have a passion for technology and that I get to share my passion with you. I know that there are a lot of other places out there to get your dose of technology news. So I want to thank you for choosing to come to this website and choosing to support me over other news websites.
Basically the moral of these three stories is appreciate what you have. You might complain that something does not work but think about how lucky you are to have a computer, smartphone or other piece of tech and be thankful for what you have. This is because there are other people out there who are not so fortunate.
What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments.
Last but not least, if you are in the USA or you are an American reading this then I would like to wish you a happy thanksgiving.