It’s true.. life is like an iPhone.
Each year around September we can expect to hear about the release of a new edition.
It all started with the original iPhone, then came the iPhone 3G, followed by iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and now the latest iPhone 11 line.
But when you think about the evolution of the iPhone, does it remind you of anything? To me, it mirrors the stages of our very own lives.
How, you ask? Think about it. You’re not the same person you were 13 years ago (fun fact: the first iPhone made its debut over 12 years ago). In the year 2019, you’re now a wiser, more experienced version of you, right? So the same goes with our technology. Every year more nifty features are added to our devices, giving us more access to communicate and obtain information around the world. I think we can all agree that the iPhone 4 model did not have the same advanced capabilities, quality, and cool features as our current models.
The same goes with you. Let’s take the year 2018 for instance. At the top of each year we set resolutions or goals for ourselves to accomplish throughout the new year. For those of us that stick it out and hold ourselves accountable, we come out with more knowledge and skills than the previous year. This can apply in a number of categories: learning a new art form, improving your coding skills, learning a new language, or even improving your yoga practice. The day we plant the seed is not the day we eat the fruit. So, you can’t expect to do a pinwheel pose after one week of yoga. It’ll take consistent time and practice to accomplish advanced poses because our body will need time to build up the strength it requires to successfully nail that pose. Similarly, if you begin a French language course using the Duolingo app, you can bet it’ll take weeks, maybe months of consistent practice before you can speak basic fluent French. But you see there’s a common theme here–all it takes is consistency.
Growth and learning also takes strategic planning, discipline, research, and trial and error, before we come out on the other side as a better version of ourselves.
So next time you think of being hard on yourself remember this: the iPhone X was not built over night. We (the team iPhone consumers) had to go through many clunky versions before arriving at the sleek, devices we so lovingly attach ourselves to today. Therefore, you cannot expect the greatest version of yourself to be formulated in a short amount of time. Be patient with yourself, it takes time. And if you put your plans into action, before you know it, you’ll start seeing the results you’ve been longing for.
Words by Jenny K.