“I’d rather look back at my life and say ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of saying ‘I wish I did that’” (Unknown).
“Faith is doing what you love for a living and watching the bills pay themselves” (Rudy Francisco).
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” (Leonardo da Vinci).
These ten things will disappear in our lifetime!
1. The Post Office: Worldwide, Post Offices are so deeply in financial trouble there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email and cell phone communication (immediate, direct communication) have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2. The Cheque: Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. Cash? In Norway, only 5% of financial transactions use cash, and the country could be cash free by 2020.
3. The Newspaper: The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4. The Book: You say you will never give up the physical book you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes, but I quickly changed my mind when I discovered I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books.
5. The Land Line Telephone: You don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for the extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.
6. Music, as we know it: The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music the public is familiar with, older established artists. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
7. Television: Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. Cable rates are skyrocketing, and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Highly irritating!
8. The "Things" You Own: Many of the very possessions we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud" Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of this is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." It means when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.
9. Joined handwriting: Already gone in some schools who no longer teach "joined handwriting" because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type.
10. Privacy: If there ever was a concept we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. It's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure 24/7, "they" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. All we will have left with, and can't be changed, are "Memories" (email received on 8 June 2015).