DUPA DOUAZECI DE ANI / IN TWENTY YEARS

POSTED IN classic poetry, contemporary poetry December 27, 2019

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DUPA DOUAZECI DE ANI / IN TWENTY YEARS

Acum douazeci de ani, în 1999, lumea era un loc complet diferit decât acum, in 2019.

Eram în zorii unui nou mileniu, stresati si nesiguri ce ne va aduce anul 2000.

Viata era inca reala, palpabila, vizibila, intrigand toate simturile in alerta, oamenii vorbeau, comunicau, se priveau in ochi, zambeau atingandu-si mainile, se intalneau in cafenele si schimbau opinii in lungi discutii, erau prieteni, fara stress, fara teama, fara indoiala si rautate, pentru ca umanitatea insemna REAL, insemna a atinge omul cu care vorbesti, a-l vedea, a-l simti.

Telefoanele mobile abia deschideau ochii timid, cartile înca se publicau, se cumparau sau se împrumutau din biblioteci si ziarele erau inca importante.

Desi 1999 nu pare a fi atat de departe in timp, când observam pasul urias facut de umanitate, pare ca s-a întâmplat cu un milion de ani în urma.

În 1999, internetul era înca o “jucarie” stralucitoare si noua, ceva ce parea a fi plin de posibilitati interesante. Nu banuiam cum ne va defini viata, ce rol poignant va juca in destinul umanitatii. Majoritatea site-urilor web pe care le cunoastem si pe care le iubim astazi nu existau nici în gand in 1999 – chiar si Google devenise o “chestie” cu un an mai devreme.

În 1999, spre a folosi internetul era nevoie sa ne conectam la telefon si totul cerea timp, rabdare si asteptare.
Acum putem vorbi la telefon, viziona ceva la TV, putem parcurge retele de socializare  pe iPad ori sa citim un  site pe laptop , toate in acelasi timp.

În 1999, exista înca riscul sa mergi într-un restaurant sau un bar duhnind a fum de tigara, ceea ce nu era o experienta placuta pentru un nefumator. Unele restaurante aveau sectii pentru fumatori si nefumatori. Inca nu era interzis fumatul public in spatiile inchise.

Terorismul exista în 1999 si îngrijora  oamenii – insa nu era un subiect care sa duca la obsesiii. Abia dupa  atacurilor din 11 septembrie  2001, terorismul a devenit o amenintare mult mai reala si inspaimantatoare, deseori ducand la rasism si la psihoze.

Uciderile in masa nu existau, in special in scoli. Nu gandeam macar ca ar putea fi posibil ca un adolescent sa ucida colegi si profesori la scoala. Primul atac a  avut loc in USA, in ’99, liceul Columbine.

Întâlnirile online existau în 1999 (Match.com a fost creat în 1995), insa nu era un lucru pe care oamenii sa il recunoasca deschis. Era un subiect considerat tabu, un lucru pe care  îl faceau doar cei ce  erau disperati.
Nu existau retele virtuale de socializare si oamenii nu-si creau multiple personalitati. Facebook nu exista inca nici ca idee: Mark Zuckerberg il va crea abia in Februarie 2004.

În 1999, aparatele foto de unica folosinta erau peste tot. Oamenii faceau fotografii, apoi  asteptau zile sau saptamâni ca filmul sa fie developat. Astazi, îti folosesti telefonul mobil.

În ’99, zborul cu avionul era confortabil, nu o experienta stresanta. Mâncarea era servita gratuit, aveam voie sa transportam lichide, mâncare proprie, sa cumparam orice si sa avem in bagajul de avion.
Astazi, aeroportul este o corvoada: fara pantofi, controlat si pipait, fara lichide, fara strictul necesar pentru un zbor mai lung ( crema de fata, parfum, trusa de unghii, diverse), platesti pentru orice fel de serviciu iara zborul este de calitate indoielnica.

In 1999, daca nu puteai contacta pe cineva telefonic, lasai un mesaj vocal pe robotul telefonic. Venind acasa era o experienta frumoasa si excitanta sa iti asculti mesajele. Uneori eram acasa si nu voiam sa raspund si ascultam cum cel ce suna isi spunea oful. Astazi, a observa ca ai un mesaj vocal este doar enervant.

Cabina telefonica exista la fiecare colt de strada. Memoram numerele de telefon sau le notam in agenda personala. Acum, doar nostalgia mai exista in locul cabinelor telefonice.

Cu 20 de ani in urma elevii mei erau inca originali in gandire, nu aveau alte surse de cautare a adevarului , doar cartile. Citeau, scriau cu stiloul pe hartie, posta inca mai aducea scrisori, felicitari si inca mai simteam pulsul sufletului intr-o urare de la multi ani, inca mai simteam parfumul unei carti noi, al unui ziar proaspat cumparat, emotia unei scrisori de dragoste scoasa din plic.

Meseria de jurnalist era o meserie de viitor, creierul, psihicul, sufletul uman nu fusesera inlocuite cu teste online de personalitate.
Meseria de profesor de limba materna era un respect, o iubire, o reusita extraordinara, un devotament.

In 1999 am pornit intr-o calatorie ce-mi va schimba viata. Am parasit Romania si am ales sa devin cetatean finlandez. Am schimbat nume, adresa, cetatenie, obiceiuri, insa un singur lucru a ramas statornic: meseria de profesor.

Cu 20 de ani in urma asteptam cu emotie, sperante, infrigurare, intrarea intr-un nou mileniu, in noua mea tara, in noua mea limba materna.

Au trecut 20 de ani. Sa ne revedem peste alti 20, da?

 

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IN TWENTY  YEARS

Twenty years ago, in 1999, the world was a completely different place than it is now, in 2019.

We were at the dawn of a new millennium, stressed and uncertain what the year 2000 will bring.

Life was still real, palpable, visible, intriguing all senses on alert, people were talking, communicating, looking into each others eyes, smiling, shaking hands, meeting in cafes and exchanging opinions in long discussions, they were friends, without stress, without fear, without doubt and wickedness, because humanity meant REAL, it meant to touch the human you are talking to, to see, to feel.

Mobile phones were just shyly opening their eyes, books were still being published, bought or borrowed from libraries, and newspapers were still important.

Although 1999 does not seem to be that far back in time, when we observe the huge step taken by humanity, it seems to have happened a million years ago.

In 1999, the internet was still a shiny and new “toy”, something that seemed to be full of exciting possibilities. We did not suspect how it would define our life, what a poignant role it will play in the destiny of humanity. Most of the websites we know and love today didn’t even exist in 1999 – even Google had become a “thing” a year earlier.

In 1999, to use the internet, we needed to connect to the phone and everything required time, patience and waiting.
Now we can talk on the phone, watch something on TV, we can browse the social networks on the iPad or read a site on the laptop, all at the same time.

In 1999, there was still the risk of going to a restaurant or bar which reeked of cigarette’s smoke, which was not a pleasant experience for a non-smoker. Some restaurants had sections for smokers and non-smokers. There was still no banned public smoking in closed spaces.

Terrorism existed in 1999 and worried people – but it was not a subject that led to obsessions. Only after the attacks of September 11, 2001, terrorism became a much more real and frightening thing, often leading to racism and psychosis.

Mass killings did not exist, especially in schools. I wasn’t even thinking that it might be possible for a teenager to kill colleagues and teachers at school. The first attack took place in USA, in ’99, Columbine High School.

Online dating existed in 1999 (Match.com was created in 1995), but it was not something people would recognize openly. It was a topic considered taboo, something that only those who were desperate did.
There were no virtual social networks and people did not create multiple personalities. Facebook didn’t even exist as an idea: Mark Zuckerberg will only create it in February 2004.

In 1999, disposable cameras were everywhere. People took pictures, then waited for days or weeks for the film to develop. Today, you use your cell phone.

In ’99, flying by plane was comfortable, not a stressful experience. The food was served free of charge, we were allowed to carry liquids, our own food, to buy anything and have it in the plane luggage.
Today, the airport is a chore: without shoes, controlled and frisked, not allowed liquids, not allowed the strict requirements for a longer flight (face cream, perfume, nail bag, various) and you have to pay for any service while the flight is quality questionable.

In 1999, if you couldn’t contact someone by phone, you left a voicemail on the answering machine. Coming home was a beautiful and exciting experience to listen to your messages. Sometimes I was at home and I didn’t want to answer and I listened while the caller said their message. Today, seeing that you have a voice message is just annoying.

The phone booth existed at every street corner. We memorized the phone numbers or write them down in the personal booknote. Now, only nostalgia exists in place of the phone booths.

20 years ago my students were still original in thought, they had no other sources of truth seeking, only the books. They read, they wrote with the pen on paper, the postoffice still brought letters, congratulations, and I still felt the pulse of the soul in a birthday card, I still felt the scent of a new book, a freshly bought newspaper, the emotion of a love letter taken out from the envelope.

The job of a journalist was a job of the future, the brain, the psychic, the human soul had not been replaced with online personality tests.
The  teaching profession was one of respect, of love, an extraordinary achievement, a devotion.

In 1999 I embarked on a journey that will change my life. I left Romania and chose to become a Finnish citizen. I changed name, addresse, citizenship, customs, yet one thing remained constant: the teaching profession.

20 years ago I was waiting with emotion, hopes, excitement  entering the new millennium, in my new country, in my new mother tongue.

It’s been 20 years. Let’s see each other over other 20, right? :)

 

Maria Magdalena Biela

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