My great-grandmother and my grandmother lived for 103 Years. I often thought of all the inventions, changes that occurred throughout their lives.
My great-grandmother was supposed to go the movies the day the theater in Chicago caught fire. The fire that changed the way our doors open forever!
My grandmother spoke of remembering the day the Artemis was signed. The streets were alive. They could ride the street cars for FREE. Everyone was happy!
Recently, I was visiting with a group of leaders in our community.
Technology advancements were being discussed.
I asked the group if any of them had read 1984.
None of them recalled reading them. I explained how so many of the things we all found hard to believe and a bit scary have come to fruition.
When Steve spoke of his love of Diet DR. Pepper and the technology advancements that help him find the local sales on his favorite drink of choice seemed infectious.
I recall reading 1984 and discussing some of the science fiction that it described of the future. On so many levels being tracked seemed creepy and alarming. Discussing governments involvement in the abilities to watch people seemed concerning.
I am sure reading 1984 again would be fascinating.
Knowing that so many of the things that seemed so hard to believe have been developed. The trick is to look at the positivity of the advancements and not be overwhelmed by some of the creepy sides of it. I often say “I have a mixed relationship with technology” “I love and hate my smart phone”. Sometimes I daydream of a life where I am not so dialed in and on always. Actually turning off the devices and enjoying sometime without the devices. I am glad to not be a smoker anymore, though the phone addiction at times seems worse. Luckily my lungs may be not affected in the same way as the cigarettes affected them. The phone may be creating other stressors and strains. The anxiety of “where’s my phone” is almost as stressful as “Dude, where’s my car? or Dude, where are my keys?” The anxiety I see in our children about their phones is frightening on many levels. The addiction they already experience is alarming. Boundary setting is tough. Especially as parents who struggle to set their own boundaries.
So on one hand, I want to unplug, disconnect and reconnect with the life before devices. And on the other I want to plug-in, sign up and explore all that is developing around me.
Recently I was working from home, someone came to the door. I was on the phone. Never heard the doorbell. I thought that they were probably Mormons ignoring the No solicitation sign. Eventually I went to the door, to find that they were door to door sales people. Fiber lines were what made me glad that I had gone to the door. By opening the door and inviting them inside, I found my way to many things that we had chosen to not have in our lives for so long. By signing up with Vivint for a new security system, I can get Fiber lines as soon as they go live in our area. Our home is currently getting 8-mps. We are paying for 100 mps! Since we are now working from home more and more. The 8-mps is very problematic.
So now we will have new security, dish TV and FIBER lines.
The company paid out my previous security contract! Which was a lot of money. I can’t get the FIBER lines fast enough. A little bummed to add back another utility bill. Embrace what it brings not what we lose. So we loose more money each month. Though we will have Saints games again! Our children have actually come out of their rooms to watch TV. Therefore, I must not give them username and password for the Direct TV. If they have usernames and passwords, we loose them to their screens. So yes we are lost to the TV screen. But sometimes checking out in front of a screen is just what I need to decompress, reconnect and relax.