3 am. I toss and turn, feeling anxious for some reason. I try to turn on my side but that hurts my shoulders. I’m uncomfortable.
So what do I do? I reach for my iphone and start reading emails, and checking Facebook and Twitter. Probably not what experts would recommend to help get me back to sleep. But these are the times we live in, aren’t they…technology overload.
I was watching an interview with Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, and when asked how she felt about ever wanting to live in that era, she said she wouldn’t, but does like the “idea” of how some things used to be back then.
Things like families eating dinner together (with no TV, cell phones, or other technology distractions), chivalrous men who stand up when you arrive in a room (I like that idea!), and just sitting and talking (or in the case of Downton, gossiping).
I grew up in the 70’s. We ate dirt, never wore helmets while riding a bike, and ate whatever we wanted without thinking of whether it was gluten-free or contained nuts or some other random ingredient.
I think about my summers in Michigan…smelling either like Coppertone or Off, playing all day and happily falling asleep in my middle-class house. I think about how drive-in movies are a long lost treasure (it’s where I first saw Star Wars), and how we had use our imaginations to come up with fun games to play.
It felt like times were…simpler. Well I don’t think I felt that way, I think they were that way.
When I was a teenager, the thought of having a phone conversation with my friends in front of my parents was mortifying, so one day I bought a really long phone cord so I could drag my parent’s rotary phone all the way down the hall into my room. Freedom!
I remember first seeing the movie War Games, and thought the idea of “talking to a computer” or logging into someplace remote (when he changed his grade) was just absurd! How the hell is that possible?
Even more absurd is when I saw the movie Single White Female, and Bridget Fonda went online (on-whu?) and actually made her own flight reservations and bought her own ticket. Pffffft, suuuuure, like anyone could really make their own reservations. ha ha ha ha ha. Little did I know. That was 1992, the year I graduated from college.
Sometimes my mind is literally blown with how fast technology has advanced, making me wonder how the hell we EVER survived without certain things, like cell phones.
Somehow…and I don’t know how…we used to go to big music venues where they just had lawn seating, and we would meet people there and somehow actually find them in the crowd. Usually it involved a wristwatch and a specific location, like the bathroom at stage right. Unless you wanted to watch the concert by yourself, you were on time! What a novel concept.
And somehow we found our way around strange cities without the use of Google maps and GPS telling us how to make every move.
Would I ever go back to the way things were? Hell no! I LOVE my Ithings. And if technology wasn’t as advanced as it is, there is no way I could do my video editing work at home as a freelancer. Back when I first started working I was doing tape to tape editing in large edit bays with big, expensive equipment. No thanks!
But I do feel like we’re moving too fast. We’re disconnected. It’s takes a certain discipline that I haven’t quite mastered yet, to step away from technology and just be.
To lie on the grass at night and look up at the stars and just be alone with my thoughts.
To have long conversations with someone without either one of us looking down to see if we got a text.
Do you ever miss simpler times? What do you miss the most?