With our technological world exponentially growing by the day it is easy to get lost and confused with all the lights and sounds and pop ups and windows and random warning messages on our phones. They become more and more a part of our daily lives and we begin to quickly forget a time before any of this existed. We used to spend 20 seconds on our phones at any one time, then that grew to 2 minutes, then 20 minutes. Now we spend hours upon hours in front of a digital screen. This isn't free time that we're inventing folks. We are just displacing other events in our lives. But we don't see it that way, because we've gradually begun forgetting what it is that we enjoy doing. Or we're so distracted that we don't have the time to find out what it is that we enjoy doing. Or even worse, we tell ourselves that what we really love doing in life, is spending time on our phones. And so we continue downloading and clicking and watching at a phenomenal rate.
Two decades ago I would spend every non-school waking moment outdoors in parks with friends and family. At night my father would take us to the park to watch soccer games on the field. Weekends came and we went hiking or we went to visit our grandmother bearing the same usual pie that we forced down with cheap coffee. We got lost going places without GPS, but we asked each other for directions. We played board games, we cooked, we taught our parents about the wonders of Mario. It sounds corny, but if you think back, we actually did all of those things. And by the time bedtime came, we were exhausted but filled with new experiences. Filled with some form of purposeful action, if only purposeful just for the moment.
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