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The weather is getting nicer here in Minnesota, so I’m finding it hard to be inside, and getting on the computer. You may have noticed I’m slow to respond to your emails lately. I’ve actually been trying to be on the computer less and less lately, no matter what the weather. I don’t want my kids to see me staring at a computer (or a phone) like a zombie. I’ve finally broken my addiction to Facebook, and now I only check it for a short amount of time instead of scrolling through it mindlessly. I’ll unplug our wifi connection, and only turn it on intentionally we need to use it for something. And oftentimes, when I need to check email or write something for this website or something, I’ll do it at the library. I like this arrangement. Doesn’t make me feel like such a slave to technology anymore.
I can’t believe I used to work at a job where I would stare at a computer screen for 8 hours a day (back when I worked as a graphic designer for that printing company). I can’t even imagine doing that now. I had a photoshoot last weekend, which I don’t mind doing, but when it comes time to sitting down at the computer to edit the photos, it just drives me crazy.
How do you do it? Don’t you want to move around and get outside whenever you want to? Do you miss having that kind of freedom?
I feel like I’m finally back in the swing of feeling my normal level of happiness. For this month, I’ll rate it a:
After a rocky start at the beginning of the year, I feel like I’m hitting my stride again.
I like what you had to say about how the good life is more about maintenance than radical change. I used to spend life thinking about how I would be happier once the next big thing happened.
Like, oh, I’ll be happier once I graduate from high school and move out of this small town. Or, I’ll be happier once I get married. Or, I’ll be happier if we move somewhere totally new. I’ve long ago stopped thinking like that (thank goodness), but it does point to the truth of when you said: “I think there’s a human tendency to think that if one could just do something radically different, one would be happier.” You hit something there, with that observation, and I can attest to that.
But, you’re right, the good life really is more about maintenance than radical change. So, I will continue to maintain my limited use of technology, my time outside, my reading books, and sharing my life with family and friends… because that makes me happy.