Where the blazes have you been woman? I suppose that is something you all have been thinking since learning about my forays into technology?
Truth is, I rebelled against my much older brother for years as he demanded that I learn everything about technology and be a techno-head like him. I pushed against the idea that technology really will drown the old world out and replace it to such an extent that money will eventually become extinct for cyber points instead etc.
We’re close to that kind of society now and it is a sobering thought, because as much as I pushed against it, I am being dragged in by the tidal wave of millions of people who are going in for all of that!
I really believed that more and more people will think like me, drag themselves away from the zombie mind-sets of technology and run for the hills to save the environment from the onslaught of iron, plastic and wires and being pounded by invisible waves of energy because they’ll see the damage it is doing.
I’m sad to say they haven’t and it’s been a long time.
Where have I been indeed?
The honest answer is curled up with a book in the corner of a room, until the bad neighbour came, I would venture into my garden growing everything organically and in permaculture style and trying my best to stick to traditional life.
But I want a writing career and I am not going to be that successful in it, without all the technological stuff.
Though learning it is fun, I still learn it with pangs of guilt that I am not being true to myself – my nature – my environment and beliefs.
I just wished that technological advancement was more environmentally friendly, healthy and inclusive with nature; instead of drowning out the sounds of nature to the extent the birds are going deaf to each other because of human noise and infrasound.
I want to be trendy like other people, knowing all the new gadgetry off by heart and going with the flow, but I also crave the old ways – the self-sufficiency, the living at one with nature, not fighting with it for space and resources.
This is what I have been struggling with for nearly two decades and I am giving in, I am giving in like all the other millions of people around the world have – but I hope that I still hold true to some traditional ways in spite of this.
I’m not an Amish, but for years I have come close to being like one. Gardening in traditional ways, no electrical tools, no poisons like pesticides and herbicides, walking barefoot in the garden, knee deep in soil and eating fruit straight from the bushes and trees without thought; I don’t really want to change that much and I am likely not to.
But I like having a social media presence.
I know I am quiet, but I am one of these strange people in the world who don’t like to talk unless I have something to say or that I feel the words that come out of my mouth have to have some kind of meaning… I don’t like engaging in very negative conversations or gossip, so this makes me an anomaly to many.
I don’t follow people just because they’ve followed me, I have to like what they have to say, I have to connect somehow – if I don’t, I won’t follow, because I don’t believe in boosting a person’s ego and presence, unless there is something about them I like.
Why? Because I am old fashioned, I believe your connections represent who you are as a person and if I connect with the wrong kind of person, because I don’t really know who they are, then that could be damaging to me.
I think this is something that is wrong with social media; people don’t understand that association can affect your own reputation. It might not be like that these days, but to me it still stands.
These are what have made me hold back with technology a bit.
But I am open to change; I am not that stubborn or stupid.
But I do have a big hang up on my looks, I believe I am hideous and I struggle on an emotional level to share photographs of myself.
But I have to get used to it.
It’s the way of the world now.
I am not happy in my own skin and I would appreciate some love as I have had way too much abuse and negativity in my life, that it’s darkened me as a person, my light is almost going out – I need to regain my spark. It went years ago.
I am very apprehensive online and I make loads of mistakes when trying to chat with people, by sending posts before they’ve finished etc.
Thanks for reading!