At the end of some days I pause and ask myself, “Can’t we just go back to the basics?” Life has become so complex, so driven by demands to keep up with our high-tech society, so fast-paced. What happened to the simple pleasures?
My daughters are growing up in an era so different from the one I knew. I remember the joy of being entertained for hours riding bicycles and walking through my neighborhood, either with friends or my dog. I remember saving for weeks to buy the new album my favorite band released and playing it over and over, hoping I would not scratch it. I would play it until I knew the words to every song by heart. I remember saving up to buy a new book that I looked forward to reading. Sometimes I would read it twice in one day.
What happened??? Our society is more of a consumer society than ever before. It seems we do not value things like we used to. My daughters have access to more music today (at age 8 and 10) than I had in university. They are not really aware of how we used to work so hard to save and purchase something and how much that meant.
I remember reading that book and taking that walk, and today we seem so plugged into our computers and iPads, etc. My oldest daughter is desperate to get a cellphone – I had my first cellphone two years after I received my masters degree – yet in her social circles, she has learned to believe that she “MUST” have one now. Where do we draw the limits?
Sometimes I ask myself if we would be better off, more connected, and more free, if we could get back to the basics – if we could learn to appreciate that which we have or earn, and if we can disconnect a bit from our technological gadgets and instead connect with those we have next to us.
Today, 305 days ’til 40, I am so thankful for the life I have led and for having the opportunity to grow up in a time that was less consumer oriented than today. I will strive to find a way for our family to transcend the current societal influences so that my daughters will be able to appreciate the parts of their life that occur when they are not in front of a computer screen or cellphone.