For those of you who are tech junkies, I’d like to tell of my journey on “the other side.”
The following negative experience had a very profoundly positive effect on my music and concentration.
On March 7, 2013 I was robbed while on tour. My backpack with my laptop and many other personal items was suddenly gone.
2 hours before a concert I had to freeze bank accounts, close credit cards and change passwords to 15 websites in a flash, because like an idiot I had no master password on the machine. The stress was terrible!
Yet…the strangest thing happened about 10 days after the theft.
I had a dream that I GAVE my laptop away to the thieves.
Of course I did not intend to give away anything to the thieves, but I know where the dream came from…
A week after the theft I noticed that I unexpectedly started to feel human again. I actually enjoyed not being online all day, every day.
I enjoyed “uni-tasking” instead of multitasking.
I felt thankful to have my brain back.
A digital diet was doing me good.
- I stopped seeing life as life a string of Facebook posts.
- Life is the cup of coffee in my hand, it’s the person I am talking to, the quiet countryside outside the train window for 5 hours.
- The urge to constantly fidget with a computer vanished.
- No one died because email didn’t get looked at for a few days.
- No one cared if I wasn’t on Facebook.
- I did not miss reading others posts.
- I was happy to not know about people that I don’t even know.
- When I did check email on someone’s computer, I saw the utter B.S. that was coming into my email inbox with fresh eyes (and have since unsubscribed to most of it.)
- I played (and play) more guitar and wrote new tunes.
- I spent more time with loved ones.
- If I needed to communicate, I called people.
- I was able to plan important things because I was not eating up my precious mental energy with mindless chatter.
The Moral of The Story
I have a very strong conviction that digital addiction is ruining many people’s lives, mainly due to multitasking.
Anything good that I produce comes from a place of quiet. It concerns me that everyone is absorbed in their smartphones constantly!
I don’t have a smartphone, on purpose. Call me a dinosaur. I don’t want to be texting and multitasking as I stand on a street corner each time I have a few empty minutes.
I either want to see what’s around me, or enjoy my own imagination.
I’d rather direct my brain power at the subject of my choosing – than give it away. It’s precious stuff!
It’s Up to You
The delicious quiet, the intimacy with others, the creativity, and the valuable mental energy that we are losing with our constant fiddling and texting will be a story that’s told to future generations.
Could you go a day without your smartphone?
Would you even try?
My opinion? Try it….you’ll like it.