Daniel just sent me this wonderful video. I almost started crying, but most importantly, it got me thinking about all the time I waste on the internet everyday. Speaking of wasting time, here I am surfing the web and blogging… but blogging doesn’t count. Creativity points? So how many hours do we spend on our iphones- scanning through our facebooks, twitters, instagrams, snapchats, 9GAG etc? A LOT of time!! I don’t even want to start counting the hours I spend aimlessly scrolling through my phone. Sometimes I wonder what I could have done with all the wasted hours…
This thought of wasting time reminded me of an incident that occurred two years ago. I was on the bus at Fornebu with my friend Ingvild when an American approaches us. This didn’t strike me as particularly out of the blue because Americans tend to be more extroverted and have less social inhibitions than Norwegians (I could write an entire series about the awkward nature of norwegian culture). Anyways, the conversation started out completely normal. He asked, “why are you here? Are you American/Norwegian?”, and we asked the same back. But then it got really weird. He kept repeating “Don’t waste time on the tv shows. I know all about that. I have wasted so many years of my life. I just got divorced & I’m stuck in my job that I hate.” He subsequently revealed his entire life story and failures after that.
It was sad to hear how badly things had gone for him, but his message was loud and clear: Do not waste time on the internet.
Okay, so I’ve gotten this message imbued (too emotive language?) in me from a really young age. WHY then do I then actively waste my time? Have I learned nothing? Why do humans do things that are detrimental, despite knowing the consequences of their actions? This is such a complicated question and whatever I say will sound lofty, but I dare say that I know one of the answers. And that is that it is a matter of Will Power.
I am acutely aware of my
occasional lack of will power. Everything from procastination, heading to the gym, not eating that piece of chocolate, to getting off my computer. The man’s message still resonates in me. Has technology taken up such a significant part of our lives that it has become detrimental? Should we rely more on social interactions and reading books than aimlessly surfing the web?
I don’t know what we should do. I do know though that it is okay to indulge yourself. After a long day of work or school, allow yourself to watch that one tv show if thats what helps you calm down. But maybe, also consider picking up that book you’ve been longing to read. Ease the nagging voice in the back of your head that tells you to do something else.
The message is simple and it is strong: It is Always Now. Live in the Now.