Thursday, July 26, 2012

A "mobile" experiment...

I've been quite blue lately.

I'm not quite sure what it is. Perhaps it has something to do with a recent dream I had. It was quite vivid - one of the kind of dreams that feels so real, it's hard to believe that it was just an imagining. I was wandering a familair old road in the I cherished in my childhood, because it led to a place of comfort and joy. I could smell the grass and feel the sun on my face. But what affected me most were the people I saw and heard. Loved ones, long lost, were alive again. A family was not fractured. The sound of laughter was not forced, nor were the smiles. Now, just as then, there was no where else I wanted to be.

It wasn't to last, of course. I woke up to the reality of the present. But I haven't been able to quite shake the images - the effect of being in that wonderful place again. Somehow, it has envoked in me a disdain for the present, including the technology that we have all come to rely on so heavily. With all of this on my mind, I've decided to try an experiment.

Can I leave my mobile device at home for just one work-week? Can I put my mind to things besides Twitter and other social media?  I don't plan on cutting off all communication with the world. As a writer, that would be nearly impossible. But maybe I can find happiness in something other than the internet. Nothing will ever compare to those idylic days of long ago. But there is still much joy in the world. It's just a matter of finding it.


  1. You are right saying "Nothing will ever compare to those idylic days of long ago" probably because they are happy memories of our childhood, adolescence or lovely times spent with loved ones.
    Nowadays we rely so much in technology, I can not imagine myself without my gadgets or my lovely virtual friends. But are we abusing of it? Are we spending precious time in front of our computers instead of spending time with real life friends and family?
    Are we staying comfy at home interacting on internet instead of going out?
    I think those are the questions people of our generation are asking themselves on a daily basis.
    I think the key is to try to organise our time in order to have a little bit of both worlds we so enjoy. I know I've been spending more time than usual on internet now that I'm on vacation but I know that once I go back to work real life will keep me away so I'm enjoying it.
    I can say this summer has been fun as I've been spending more time with my family, have been enjoying the beautiful countryside and have had a blast with my virtual friends on internet, especially during Comic-Con weekend.
    I think happiness is all around us, in both virtual and real life worlds let's try and grab it :)

  2. OOh! Loved the pictures and sentiments! Good luck with setting aside some technology for a week. Yikes!

    For me, I know the convenience of typing my stories versus writing them has more to do with not being able to read my own handwriting sometimes. Ha! And that I can type at 104 words per minute. And the immediacy of reaching out to friends across the miles is very compelling. I had to do without home internet or lap top for two days last winter and I realized how much I rely on these useful tools. Let's just say that my hubby was glad that I got connected again. Ha!

    Cheers! ;->

  3. It's a juggling act sometimes isn't it! I certainly went through a stage of spending far too much time on the internet. I try not so log on during the w/ends so much, lets face it there is nothing worse than sometime glued to their iphone/ipad checking their emails when out with friends. Very bad manners!