The Top 3 Lessons Learned When Your Life is Buffering

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Buffering. Don’t you hate that word?  Where did it even come from?  Do you remember seeing buffering for the first time?  For me it was back with windows media player.  I would download a song and it wouldn’t play for a while, but instead it would just say buffering with a percentage of completion listed next to it.  I hated it, but it became just another part of slow technology.  It took time for the data to transfer to the screen in front of me.  Remember the old AOL dial-up sound effects?  I can hear it now loud and clear.  Why?  Because I can’t tell you how much time I spent just sitting at the desk and listening to it boot up.  Buffering has changed forms over the years, from that percentage sign, to a rotating hourglass, to spinning circles, and finally to the colorful spinning wheel of death (for Mac users).  It comes in many shapes and forms, but it is always the same lesson: patience.  Thinking about all this during my week has led me to a realization.  My life is buffering. Continue reading