I have been the proud owner of a Droid since smartphones became a thing. I tend to name my vehicles, computers and phones; strange? Maybe, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I proudly named my droid BB-8. When it comes to cellular devices, I am convinced you are on borrowed time. As new models roll out, the speed, battery life and overall function begins to change. With that said, it was time for me to replace BB-8 with the latest and greatest because it was taking what felt like forever for pages to load, I had to charge my device several times a day and the screen was freezing. My initial thought was Droids will be Droids! However, I had a few choice words for BB-8 every time I tried to use my phone for anything because the ease of use had diminished, and it was frustrating! In a world of instant gratification, I expect for my screen to load within the blink of an eye and my device to respond to the stroke of my fingers against its screen. Is that too much to ask?
The search began. I pride myself in being part of the Resistance. I had taken a personal stance against iPhone many years ago for no reason other than everyone I knew had one. Yes, I’m that girl! My husband had been trying to get me to make the switch since we met in 2011 and I fought tooth and nail to stick with my beloved Droid. At that point it was just easier to stick with what I knew. Every time I tried to use his phone, I quickly became annoyed because it didn’t navigate the same way as what I had become accustomed to. Well as you probably guessed, I made the switch. The iPhone 11 happened to cost half as much as the Droid I wanted. As an additional perk I was also able to get more bang for my buck, more internal memory! At the end of the day they serve the same purpose, right?
In truth, both devices do the same thing. My struggle was the learning curve. Different steps have to be taken with each device in order to get them to do the same thing. I quickly threw up my hands and said, “forget it, I’m sending this phone back because I don’t like it.” There was nothing wrong with the device; I was the problem! I was truly part of the Resistance, resistance of change. My experience with my phone ironically mirrored how I was feeling about my new “normal” life.
The world we knew has transitioned into something somewhat unfamiliar overnight. There are additional safety precautions that must be taken, the need for emotional support is at an all-time high and many of us are on edge. In order to continue to thrive in our new world we have to throw our presumptions out the window, demonstrate patience, remain informed, keep an open mind and welcome change.
“You can’t stop the change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” – Shmi Skywalker
Ximara is an ABO Certified Optician and lecturer with over a decade of experience in both consumer relations and staff management in the optical industry. As an Optical Management Consultant with IDOC, she works with practices to develop processes designed to motivate and inspire positive change in areas such as staff training, goal setting, sales and inventory management. For questions or comment about this article, please contact email@example.com.