Technology Relieves Stress?

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Does it really? Does all of this new technology make our lives easier? I say no. The world, in fact, life itself is more difficult and more complex than ever before. Lap tops, cell phones, Ipads, etc.etc. have all been invented as the general public wants everyday life to be readily available at the push of a button.

We do not like to wait…not even for a second. We don’t want to have to manually open our garages, so we have a garage door opener. We don’t like having to keep up with keys, so we have cars and homes we can open without one. We don’t want to fight the crowds in the stores so we buy items online. Paper bills? You must be joking. We go paperless. It saves trees but that’s not why we do it. We do it because it’s easier. We do not have time…

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Technology Relieves Stress?

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technology

Does it really? Does all of this new technology make our lives easier? I say no. The world, in fact, life itself is more difficult and more complex than ever before. Lap tops, cell phones, Ipads, etc.etc. have all been invented as the general public wants everyday life to be readily available at the push of a button.

We do not like to wait…not even for a second. We don’t want to have to manually open our garages, so we have a garage door opener. We don’t like having to keep up with keys, so we have cars and homes we can open without one. We don’t want to fight the crowds in the stores so we buy items online. Paper bills? You must be joking. We go paperless. It saves trees but that’s not why we do it. We do it because it’s easier. We do not have time to watch our shows on TV, so we use the DVR or on demand viewing. Banking…you think I actually go in to that place I frequented so many years ago? Oh hell no. Without that magic box with the money in it, I am lost. Oh, and the box had better be a drive through….

The list is endless. But stop and think about it for a minute….

Have any of these devices made life less stressful for you?  All of this wonderful technology has turned a 9 to 5 country into a 24/7 country. Why? For convenience. To make our lives easier. In many ways, that convenience has proven to be an inconvenience. The problem we face today is that we cannot get away from point and click world we live in. And THAT is stressful.

We are married to our cell phones, addicted to our laptops, and cannot live without social media. Our cell phones are now tiny computers and we use them all day, everyday. 24/7… I’ve actually had people call me and say, “I knew you were up because you posted something on Facebook”.  AHHHH! There is no escape!

Gone are the days when you could jump in your car and go for a drive to clear your head with NO potential of anyone cutting into your “me” time. And here’s the whole point to this blog: We ALL need “me” time! We cannot even go on vacation without our phones and computers. I mean, what if something happens to someone we care about and we weren’t reachable??

Guess what folks? 25 years ago, that’s exactly how we lived. Work was done during work hours and home time was home time. Our off time was spent organizing our lives and living it. I miss those times. I also know that we will never return to those times. So the question now is, how do we balance out our lives in a 24/7 world? As it stands, we work harder and longer than ever before. If we are sick, we “work from home”. We hold conference calls at 3AM to accommodate our peers in other countries and time zones. When, exactly do we get a break?

It’s not all bad. In fact, the very items I am talking about enhance our lives in other ways. Our favorite song is available at the click of a button, face time with family around the world is an everyday lift. Don’t feel like talking? Send a text. Don’t feel like typing? Use talk text. We can meet and reconnect with people we would otherwise have no way to locate. Pretty awesome stuff.

The biggest “Pro” of modern technology is that we are a click away from our loved ones. The biggest “Con” is that we are a click away from our loved ones. Today’s teens hate it. But they don’t hate it enough to get rid of their beloved phones/computers.

As a fun little test I would like to propose a CHALLENGE to my readers and it is simply this: Turn your phone off for one week, 7 short days and enjoy the extra “me” time you will experience. If a week is too long, try it for one day! If you accept my challenge, be sure to comment on this blog and let us know how you are doing with it.

I will be taking part in my own challenge next weekend. Well, more like I will be forced to because I will be on a cruise and I won’t pay 8 zillion dollars a minute to keep my phone working.

But for now, I must sign off. I have blogs to write, statuses to update, tweets to tweet and selfies to instagram. Say cheese! xoxo

I Got Kicked In The Head By A Zebra…and I was LUCKY! (True story)

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Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. This story runs along the lines of, “you just can’t make this stuff up”.

Let me start this story by laying a little ground work. Actually, I’m just going to explain the dumbassiveness (yes, I made up that word because it SO applies here) of the whole ordeal. Those of you who have children will know exactly what I am talking about here. I only had one child. For this story, he is my first child. FIRST child. The learning child. Right? Until we’ve had that first child, we are practically children ourselves. We try our hardest with our first child and certainly learn the most of how to raise a child from them.

With a first child, we typically determine that we must expose him/her to all of the wonderful child related activities we can. Think about how many times you’ve seen a couple with an infant at a theme park. Why? They are too small to ride anything. They won’t remember it, so why do we do it? It’s because they are our first. And in my case, my one and only.

Groundwork laid. Now here’s the story:

My son was born in England. His dad and I decided we would take him to one of those drive through safari places. I know, I know. Remember…first child. He was maybe 3 months old, if that. We were warned that the chimps liked to jump on cars and occasionally steal a windshield wipers.

No problem, we hadn’t gotten in that far yet.

It was an unusually warm that day. We drove through the safari slowly with the windows down on the car. My son was so small, he didn’t fit in a car seat yet so he was in my lap. His head was closest to the car door.

“Awe, how cool!” we said. “Check out the giraffe and look at those camels!” We proceeded a little further as my infant slept soundly.

I wanted a little snack and there was a pack of hydrox cookies on the dashboard. I grabbed them as we approached the zebras. I ate a hydrox cookie as we slowly continued. The zebras were curious about us. They moved closer to the car. Closer and closer they came. I needed to roll up my car window but I had an infant and hydrox in my hands!

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It turns out, the zebras wanted a snack as well. In a panick, I pulled one hydrox out and gave it to a zebra. He, and his buddy were practically IN our car. Well, apparently I did not get another hydrox out for the other zebra in a timely manner. Rather than. waiting his turn, he got pissed off. In fact, the zebra was so pissed off, he turned away from the car and kicked out his back legs behind him.

That’s when it happened.

He hit me right across the face with his hoof! And he was seriously only inches away from hitting my son! I was so lucky though. I was a little banged up but, thankfully, my son was still sleeping soundly.

I look back at that whole incident, I see so many mistakes we made as first time parents. The biggest being, why did we take him out in the car when he was too small to fit in a car seat?  Why in the hell did we feel the need and/or see it as appropriate to take a newborn to a drive through safari? Why did we even start with our windows down? Why did we have food sitting on the dashboard?

I learned a lot of lessons that day. The zebra that kicked me learned a little something too.

He learned that if you kick a lady in the head, she’s not going to give you a hydrox.