Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hey, It's where's the blog gone...?

Yes, yes, so I start a blog and have not been consistent. So, sue me. For now, at least, I'm the only one viewing the blasted thing, so what's it matter? Well, it does. To me at least. No doubt, blogging is a form of commitment. Yes, this new world of unlimited electronic information, communication and access has also laden its users with different forms of commitment. There's no denying this. Look at how many obsessive texters are out there these days. Hell, I'm living in Florida and seniors are more "connected" than I am. I threw my mobile phone into the ocean years ago (metaphorically of course, gotta save those sea turtles) and have prided myself on being technologically unencumbered. Am I? Is it even possible anymore if you want any quality of live?

Our household ditched cable almost a month ago and hasn't looked back since. I got sick and tired of paying over eighty clams a month for nothing but mindless surfing. Cable is nothing more than another technology time sink like Twitter or Facebook. But, has this really simplified my life? Not really. We've added another gadget, a Kindle. Hell, my Xbox360 gets more use now than ever now with Netflix (still holding off on Hulu). I use my laptop for my primary news source (have been doing this for years, just decided to finally save some cash) and have started this blog. So, you could say that even though I've ditched some technology and services, I've just replaced technology with different technology. Ah yes, creative destruction at work in my life.

There's no denying that if you choose to live to the fullest--you're going to have technology as a part of your life. And, with all this tech wizardry our commitments have only changed form, but are still there regardless. The most important thing is that now we have so much choice. And isn't that what quality of life is all about? Just look at the Middle East these days and see what those people are saying with their blood. Life isn't about embracing change. Life is about embracing choice and commitment. Deciding what to choose and which commitments to embrace. Yes, I suppose this is some sort of cathartic post regarding my embrace of the commitment I've made to myself within this blog, but at least its a commitment embraced and now, fulfilled.

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