I have previously confessed to having a love/hate relationship with technology. I was recently lamenting to a friend about how poor my penmanship is, which lead to a conversation about how much we rely on computers and other technology to communicate. It got me thinking – what did we used to do before e-mail?? I remember writing hand-written (long!) letters to friends when I was in school, which seems so long ago. I love the advantages that technology provides for writing – who doesn’t love being able to make quick edits and spell check? As as result of sitting in from a computer for so many hours between work and at home, I have noticed that I now find it easier to sit and write staring at a blank Word document, similar to what would have been holding my trusty pen and staring at a blank sheet of paper in the past. I find that I capture different thoughts quickly with my fingers flying across the keyboard, which I love. At the same time, it makes me a little sad to look at all of the blank books and journals I have sitting on my shelf, which I use, but not nearly as much as I used to. I also notice that when I write for longer periods of time, I get some hand cramps and my so-so penmanship starts to look like scribbles since my hand is no longer used to writing with a pen or pencil anymore. Sigh.
As someone who benefits from–and is a high user of–the different technology that is now available, I think I need to embrace all that is available. However, I don’t want to forget my past. I still have some old journals that are filled with poetry, ideas and clippings. In honor of this, I am going to find one day this month where I am going to go on a “tech fast”. With the exception of work, I am going to attempt to enjoy the simple things in life, like dusting off one of my beautiful journals and embracing my poor penmanship.
Anyone else who feels a little overwhelmed at times with all of the technology and/or misses the “old days” of pens and paper?