Some music to listen to while you read. <3
I recently attended the play Wicked at ASU Gammage. It was incredible! It amazes me the talent that exists in our world. However, I couldn't help but notice during intermission how the entire room instantly reached for their phones..old and young (myself included). The whole experience truly felt strange...I remember a time not too long ago when people engaged with each other. They made connections.
I'm not saying this still doesn't happen. But I do believe it is occurring less and less.
I think technology can cause a lack of human connection - sounds ironic, huh? Obviously, some aspects of social media are wonderful. After all, social media can be a way for people to stay connected...couples in long distant relationships have the ability to Skype and we can stay in touch with out of town relatives, etc. On the other hand, technology often times distracts us from real life and our problems.
The world as we know it has changed drastically and rapidly; sometimes the change is hard for me to grasp. I recall a time when I used to actually pick up the phone to call my friends for a real conversation opposed to texting. I remember spending time painting instead of spending countless hours observing others lives on Facebook. I have fallen victim to technology - connecting with fictional characters in movies more than in real life. I'm not sure how many of you feel the same way. We have to acknowledge technology and the advancement of it is inevitable; how we handle it can change....let's take a step back and slow down in our lives.
I recently came across an article on the art of slowing down.
I have touched on the subject before about what it means to be happy. What I have observed is happiness is directly related to being in the moment - not escaping moments or looking towards the next - but being present.
Growing up, I remember being taught about moving up in life in both our careers and love lives. Become CEO of a company, get married, have babies. But, once you climb the ladder and get to the top, what if you don't like the view? It is one thing to look towards the future instead of the past and be excited about the future, but too often we are waiting for the next stage in life which inevitably causes the beautiful moments to slip away. It's crucial to step back and enjoy this moment. Take a look outside, and appreciate the beauty in the world...we must learn to be grateful for the present. What do you think? <3