Doth not be smug. Not even if you’ve managed to keep the same email account since the beginning … the beginning I tell you! When your friends and family change their email with the change of season, don’t grumble and complain–simply smile sweetly, and edit your contact list. And when you receive oddball messages from friends and family, and begin to think they should be more careful–don’t do it! Because one day it could happen to you.
It will be the day when you go to check your messages and the sheer number will astound you. How nice, you’ll think, people writing to wish me a happy summer. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll discover wedged between parts enhancement and ONE-DAY sales, are Mailer Daemons (because not only have you had the same account from the beginning, you’ve failed to update your list since the beginning).
Sure, being an optimistic sort, you’ll wave it off as a one-time thing … only to have the one-time thing revisit you the next day. Then, not only will you have to face the cold, hard facts, you’ll be forced to deal with family members who just don’t understand such technological advances.
Suddenly, the idea of grabbing your typewriter and every candle you own, and heading for the hills may sound like a good idea. But let’s face it: if you’ve survived thus far in the urban landscape, chances are good, the life of a mountain man is not for you.
Humility, my friends … it will keep you grounded, right where you belong.