You know, I know that I am over 40, but some days I really feel even older compared to others around me. Why do I think this is the case? Well, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that even though I really like technology on the one hand, on the other, I would just as soon put it away and not look at it so much constantly too.
I remember years ago hearing about the sandwich generation and thinking what an odd term that is. However, sometimes I kind of feel like a sandwich now myself being between the young ones that are in their teens and twenties and the older generation in their 50’s, 60’s and beyond. Why do I feel this way?
I’ll tell you why. As I said before, I really do like technology but I don’t feel compelled like the younger generation does to have to be tied to it all the time. I have an iPhone, albeit a 3gs, yes, I know I’m behind the times and that there is now an iPhone 5 on the market. I also own two computers, a desktop system and a laptop. You wanna guess how old they are. Well, my desktop system I was forced to buy in 2003 so that I would have all the latest bells and whistles for my graduate degree program in library science at Florida State University online. I am using that desktop system now to type this blog post. It’s a Dell Dimension series that runs the XP operating system. Yes, I do love my XP and I would be at a loss without it. I also own a Dell laptop that I bought in the summer of 2008 and now it’s considered old and outdated too. Geesh, I am really behind the times aren’t I?
I think the thing that surprises me the most is that I am a librarian with plenty of education under my belt and you would think with that being the case that I would have the sense enough to go out and buy myself a new desktop system at the very least. Well, I am considering it.
The problem you see with starting down the other side of the mountain, and that’s how I will refer to being over-40 years of age, is that you tend to start getting more frugal with your money and it’s harder to want to let go of it. Trust me, I still like the finer things in life and I could certainly get used to the idea of shopping on a daily basis, but when the credit card bills start coming in that’s when I have the urge to kick myself and call myself an idiot for spending money on things I don’t need, with money I don’t have, to impress people that I don’t even like. I think that’s a pretty catchy phrase if you ask me and really hits straight to the heart of financial matters. My husband has always reiterated this phrase to me as he heard it from a Baptist minister at a retreat in West Virginia years ago.
The point to all of this is that I really like and respect technology and would love to have more of it on the one hand but then I would feel guilty for spending the money on it in the first place when there are more important things to worry about, such as food on the table, a retirement savings plan, etc., etc. It’s just funny to me in general that I have thoughts like this now whereas ten years ago I thought about money and technology in a much different fashion.
My mantra back then would have been: Spend now, pay later. My over-40 mantra is: Save for it now, pay for it later with cash and not credit. Am I getting old or what? I mean I can’t even believe these thoughts are coming out of my own head, much less my mouth too. I guess I really have done a lot of growing up.
Hmm, I guess this means if I want a new computer and a new camera that I had better start saving up for them now, huh? Anybody know how to make a few thousand dollars fast? Just kidding…