A Field of Tulips in Holland
As you may (or may not...) have noticed, I haven't been doing much blogging lately. There are a couple of reasons for that, the first being that spring has sprung here in Vancouver, and the second being that -- for some strange reason -- I get busy and forget to turn on my computer. Yes, I know that does sound odd, doesn't it? I have been discovering lately that there is a life away from technology. Oh, I can hear you all gasping... "There is...?" Yes, there is.
Yesterday was a beautiful spring day here, and I laced up my new, very comfortable, very unsexy walking shoes and went for a walk. I felt as though I were in a strange, surreal world. The streets were filled with people -- silent people -- all with their heads down, reading, texting, or playing with the apps on their handheld computers. Outdoors. On a gorgeous day. I wondered if any of those folks noticed the tulips, daffodils and the cherry trees are blossoming. Probably not.
How clever are the businessmen behind the new technological devices. They created a product and then convinced us we need it, we cannot live without it, day or night, rain or shine, 24/7. We no longer live in the real world, but in a world of little glowing screens, apps and pixels. As I watched everyone yesterday, I felt like the lone survivor from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". Everyone seemed to be in an unblinking trace. It's no wonder folks like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are amongst the wealthiest men in the world. They have created an addiction, and like any addiction, we need larger and larger fixes all the time. They're our pushers and we're their junkies.
Being a bit of a contrarian, I am being pushed away from the cyber world, and moving more towards the natural world. I didn't plan it that way, it just happened. I have discovered the real world again, and it's wonderful. There are birds and flowers and sunshine and rain... Yesterday I even saw some baby raccoons. I wonder how much those people are missing, when they have their heads down staring at their mobiles. Or perhaps I am the one missing out on all the new apps. Who knows. Maybe I have become unplugged. There's probably an app for that.