The first step is admitting you have a problem.
There are few complete truths. One undeniable truth is that New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time. Either you will do something or you will not. Setting some arbitrary date for a change does not insure anything, or make it any more likely to succeed.
The money spent on unused gym memberships alone would come close to balancing the budget.
I do have one suggestion. A resolution well within the reach of everyone reading this. I concede there is a bit of a conflict in my method for suggesting this.
Some might say I’m being hypocritical. That my vehicle for delivery is a clear contradiction of my goal.
However, it is unavoidable. In fact, one might argue it underscores the need for such a resolution.
We have texts, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, email, instant messaging, Facetime, and others. We have social networking reminders of our memories from last year, the length of our ‘friendships’ on Facebook, and myriad other regurgitations of our online postings.
We consider 142 character messages profound and spelling does not count. As a matter of fact, spelling and grammar are a waste of the character count.
My entire early education wasted and made obsolete by an arbitrary limitation. While brevity is the soul of wit, somehow brvitisthsolofwit loses something in translation.
We are a society in the midst of a technology generated evolutionary curvature of our spines. Soon, humans may be like the flatfish. Our eyes migrating down our face. A better view of the screens on our devices.
So here is my idea, instead of TBT let’s have a TFD-Technology-Free Day.
A whole day (or more if you are so inclined) without email, text, cellphones, or any of the other “advanced” communication technologies.
We could talk to each other. Hold a real book in our hand. Go for a walk and listen to nothing, or the sounds of the world.
We could just think.
Start slow if you like. Try to go an hour without. Work your way to two hours and so forth.
Set a goal. Mine is a whole day. No text, email, messaging, or other.
On the Appalachian Trail, we went days without Wi-Fi or cell service. I miss that. There existed an understated revulsion by most when we saw hikers wearing headphones. You are in the woods, listen to nature for goodness sake.
If you cannot go even one hour without your iPhone, iPad, Android, Laptop, or Facebook, that should give you pause. The world will survive for a day with you out of communication.
So read this, pick a day, and go for it. If I do not hear from you, I will just assume you “like” it.