Technology inspires us every day. In fact we have come to count on it as a constant form of communication and entertainment. It allows us to share ideas without restrained borders and bytes are transferred in real time, yet technology remains emotionless compared to a handwritten letter to someone you personally know.
There is a downfall in relying too heavily on technology – sometimes technology breaks down, whether you are prepared for its absence or not. Electricity is not something we, or anyone we know, would like to be without (though we did it for a eight month stint in Hungary and survived). A broken boiler in winter? Not a good thing without a backup source of heating.
In the case of technology where its absence is not a matter of life or death, rather a matter of inconvenience, what would you choose when your five year old laptop decides that it has had enough? Would you research the problem and try to figure out how to revive the faithful computer or rush out for a new, better, faster one? Provided you are buying it with cash, of course.
To make a digital story short, after nearly a month without our computer or access to the internet we decided to have our old one repaired to save the Hungarian keyboard – it takes a new socket that must travel from France, following the same route as us – and to purchase a light weight model with plenty of memory so that we can commence writing about our life experiences once again.
Our technology broke down, but it did us no harm.
What it did was strengthen our belief that too much technology is simply too much tech! If you let it, social media will whittle away your minutes and hours leaving you with a pile of inspiration and absolutely no energy to create. Measuring yourself up to virtual others can zap your own zest for life.
Finding the right amount of time to spend with electronics and people is a very personal matter, however if you ever find yourself without the company of technology, never fear. There is life without a smart phone (my husband and I share a basic cell phone with no access to the internet) and there is definitely life without a computer.
When technology breaks down there is time to:
- cook simply complex meals
- build towers from wooden blocks
- walk on the beach
- hike in the countryside with family and friends
- teach a certain someone to spin on a wheel and how to crochet
- spin 600 grams of organic falkland wool for a sweater
- knit fingerless mitts
- travel by train to Edinburgh
- read and read and read
- practice writing letters by hand with a 4.5 year old
- draw with charcoal and pencils
- play indoor tennis
- drink coffee by the glow of the fireplace, not the glow of the screen
- converse with like-minded people
- enjoy the nature of spring
Life without technology is actually quite beautiful and it is very, very real. If you are ever given the chance to leave the electronic connection behind for a week or longer, take a step back and go for it. Use the time to unwind and live with all your senses; walk with your feet on the ground so that senslessness does not capture you.
When technology breaks down let your hands and your mind discover life beyond the keyboard. Discover that creative, imaginative, brilliant inspiration on your own.
What do you enjoy most in life that does not require technology? Let us know in the comments below!