Technology has been on a path of freeing individuals from repetitive work, making our lives safer, and opening up a new world of connectivity to us. Tech, has turned poor college students into billionaires. Tech is on a rat race to automate as much of our world as possible while making as much money possible. This race is a good thing for everyone.
However, we can’t let Tech push us aside. we cannot let Tech increase the income gap. We can’t spend our lives living behind a computer. We can’t spend our days a slave to our smartphones and notifications.
My friends think I am weird. I have turned off all notifications on my phone. I have deleted numerous social media accounts. I rarely do anything with Facebook these days. I don’t play games. I do use my phone to glance at email. I do use my phone to make phone calls. I do all of my planning in my own version of a Bullet Journal.
Time Slips By
About a year ago, I realized how much of my life was spent behind a computer. You wake up, go to work and spend the day behind a computer in the name of accomplishing something. Then you commute home and find myself again behind a computer for a few hours to accomplish the personal stuff. Before you know it, the neighbors have moved out, Donald Trump is President, and my awesome car has hit nearly 130,000 miles.
Life can get away from you. You can watch it from behind a computer melting your eyes or you participate in it in real life. Find a balance. The real world isn’t for everyone. Actually talking to people outside work is a scary thing.
I challenge you to do one or more of the following at least one per week:
- Turn your phone off for 24-hours – it is hard, but I assure you the world will not end
- Go for a long hike – Vitamin N is a mineral we don’t get enough of, so get more of it
- Have a picnic in a park – Sure, there are scary homeless people at the park, but a picnic can be a peaceful, sublime experience
- Drive to a new town and explore it – A change of scenery is good for the soul
- Paint, doodle, dance, or just observe – all of these can meditative and help to rebuild the soul
Try it out and report back what you did and how you felt. We can’t let technology steal our lives from us. There is an analog world out there to enjoy.