I have a cruise to the Caribbean in a few weeks. It's the first vacation I've been on in a while. There have been trips but no vacations. Needless to say I'm really looking forward to it. It's the next milestone event in my life. (As long as you don't count my wife's 40th birthday, which she isn't counting so why should I?)
I'm certainly not the only one to use events and holidays as a way to measure chunks of time. For example someone will say, seemingly every year around late September, it's 100 days until Christmas. And Home Depot will start putting out Christmas decorations, and someone will post a picture on Facebook with a caption of outrage that it's too early. Every. Stinking. Year.
What got me thinking about this was two things. The first is my wife's grandmother, a woman we celebrated this past weekend for her 95th revolution around the sun. She has lived a full and beautiful life and leaves quite a legacy of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in her wake. She's still in great health (all things considered for a 95 year old) and was looking forward to this party. She knew that her entire family would be in attendance. Which these days is no small feat given our geographic diversity. But now that it's over, what does she have to look forward to? I know that sounds terrible but it's true. We're all really afraid that she's going to let go now that this is behind her.
And the second is the upcoming release of PhoneX.io. We're pushing to get it live so that you can sign up for an account and start receiving calls. Our vision at Chromis Technology is that of a world without telephone numbers. And this is our first step towards that. Click a link, the call sets up and gets forwarded to the device of your choosing. We know it's not something that will radically revolutionize the way people communicate. We know we're not the first to do this. But it's worth doing for a lot of reasons. Because we have lots of ideas and plans for PhoneX.io. We're trying to take it slow and build the foundation of a product that will support a full scale of features and users.
Thinking about this project reminding me of the old saying: "You can't learn to run without learning to walk." Only to me it feels more like it should be: "You can't learn to dance without first learning to crawl." Because this isn't even the walking stage for us. We're still learning to crawl. Trying to break users of their 140 year old addiction to telephone numbers isn't going to be easy. It isn't going to happen overnight. We do think that it will happen, whether we're a part of it or not. This is the beginning, and I'm really looking forward to what the future brings.