Dear Antique, a.k.a, Vintage Telephone,
I seem to be exploding to new heights of popularity and sophistication on a daily basis, but there’s always the sense of being on the verge of a breakthrough. I’m overwhelmed and excited, trying to make sense of what’s happening to me and around me.
You’ve lived through a similar thing, as I recall. How did you handle all the attention and pressure?
Dear Future Antique(iPhone),
I appreciate you coming to me for advice. Let me begin by saying “Never assume that you are irreplaceable.” You can be modified and spruced up to suit the tastes of a new generation, but your era will end, as did mine. Your sign-off indicates that you are already aware of this, but there will be times when you have to forcefully remind yourself.
Remember how much you owe your maker. In my case it’s Alexander Graham Bell, and in yours, Steve Jobs. Of course, it’s never that simple and we owe those who came before them and made their inventions possible.
You’ve probably already faced the crusty side of your job- having had to work with countless apps. Enjoy the fun bits, the fashion, the fame, and the fortune. You should make the most out of your time at the top, but still be able to live with yourself at the end of the day. With great power comes the almighty paparazzi. Which, by the way, you shouldn’t attempt to fight or even remotely dream of avoiding. They will find you. Just ask K. Stew. They will also do great things for you, when it suits them, or when they are forced to by the public.
At this point, it comes down to how good you are at being an instrument of communication. You’ve already got your big break, so you can stop living in wait. That is, unless the suspense drives you, in which case, continue picturing the carrot being just inches away.
P.S- Since my opinion apparently means something, I think you have plenty of time to prepare to be exploited for your age on eBay.