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Rear View

jenSome of you may know that I lost my mother to cancer two years ago. If you did not know, today is the one year anniversary of losing my sister, Jennifer, as well to cancer. The picture here is a memorial tattoo to her. She fought for seven long years, was an incredible sister, mother, wife and daughter. That was going to be what my blog was about today. Really, how growing up with two strong women, my mother and sister, taught me that women are not the “weaker” sex but they can do anything. I was going to tie it into the Women in AV, and how these women gave me the ideals about dealing with the opposite gender I have today.
However, something else happened along the way. My rear view mirror fell off. Stick with me and I’ll explain. In St. Louis, it hasn’t been overly hot this summer. In fact, it could be called mild as far as a St. Louis summer goes. This week it actually reached into the 90s, maybe even touch 100 ever so briefly. This is when my rear view mirror fell off. It was apparently due to the overwhelming heat that had built up in my car all day. I came out after a hard day’s AVing to find my rear view mirror on the floor board. Well… doesn’t that just suck. My schedule being extra hectic this week, it took me a few days to get the problem fixed. That’s what has lead me here.
See, without the rear view mirror in my view, all I had to see was what was in front of me. Yes, occasionally I used my side mirrors to make certain there were no dangers behind me, but for the most part, my eyes were focused on what was ahead. That is really when it hit me. Both with my personal losses, and with some technology, I had been using my “rear view mirror” of life as a GPS, instead of what was right in front of me. My past will always be there, and it will be my past. I will always miss my mom and sister, but that loss shouldn’t define the direction I am headed today.
It may sound a bit shallow, but it’s just the way my brain works, sorry, but it is the same way with the technological shakeup we are in now. I remember my friend Kevin Iselli trying to convince me that this “digital thing” was bigger than I gave it credit for. I was wrong, he was right. (That is typically how it is with Kevin, though.) Yes, analog will probably be here in some way shape or form. However, we shouldn’t base our designs on it. Manufacturers, you shouldn’t base your product lines around it. We are, for better or worse, in the digital age with digital signals, digital audio, and digital watches; sorry, I was on a roll. You get the idea. We need to lose our rear view mirrors, stop romanticizing the good ‘ole days of analog, and look ahead. It’s a pretty cool view.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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