After three months of smooth sailing with my Jolla I have noticed a certain pattern which occurs in social situations. This pattern emerges especially when talking to a person whom I don’t know/who doesn’t know me. Here is the brief description what happens when someone notices my Jolla:
1. The Astonishment – “Is that really a Jolla?”
This is usually the first question to pop up. The person has noticed that I’m holding something different, something unlike, in my hands and they feel the need to ask about it. This step of the pattern is pretty casual without any specific comments and it is quite easy to reply to it by showing that yes indeed, this is a Jolla. Though almost every time I would want to answer in a way which makes fun of the person’s capability to read a simple logo correctly.
2. The Doubt – “Does it even work?”
After the short introduction the person goes straight to the point which everyone seems to be after nowadays: the functionality of Jolla. The question seems a bit arrogant and prejudiced but every time I try to answer calmly, telling about the updates and all the work that has been made to make this the best phone ever. I mention the clueless pre-orderers who didn’t realize what they signed up for and also explain what my own experience has been hoping that the listener understands.
3. The Insignificance – “How is it supposed to be different?”
At this point of the conversation I try to push my own irritation aside and answer in the best way possible: explaining and showing everything about the operating system, about the Other Half, about the gestures. After the long speech I feel proud. Maybe I changed the way this person thinks, maybe I had an impact and they saw how proud I am of my Jolla. Just maybe.
4. The Rejection – “That sounds too complicated.”
Guess I was getting my hopes up for nothing. Most of the people who have gone through this pattern with me have ended the conversation with different negative comments and some have even laid a pitiful glance at me, like having a Jolla is an infectious disease. At least I know I tried to explain and pass on the knowledge.
The rest of the world isn’t just ready for us unlike people. Sometimes having this conversation can be exhausting but maybe a day will come when I plant a sailor seed by showing someone my Jolla.
Until that day,
keep on sailing.