I I love technology but for the last several years I have not understood its role in my life. Since a child I felt that it was there to make our lives easier but all I was seeing was everyone working harder and simply buying more things which didn't ever get them to a place of ease or of leisure time, the label used in the 80's for the lifestyle technology was going to bring us.
The television became something to switch off with, resting and relaxing by watching dramas and soap operas, only to rise the next day to live our very own versions. I never saw anyone improving their lives with technology anyway!
For many now, in 2018, technology is so necessary that without their phone, they feel like they cant manage and I get that totally, phones, the internet, whatsapp, they have become like an organ or limb. Without power in our phones we feel incapacitated and that's a little unnerving but true.
2 years ago I took the step to buy a phone, after living for six years without! Yes.... I REALLY did not have a phone at all from 2010 to 2016 and that was the period of time when I-phones and Android phones in general took a firm hold on humanity. So I missed all that. My last phone had been the old fashioned flip top kind with no internet. I watched over the years with some shock as people around me became more and more deeply involved with their phones and I swore that I would "never" do it!!!! I called everyone PHONEY for looking at their phones while they were with me because for me not having the distraction, it felt rude that they were staring into the phone while with me for a coffee or lunch for example. No one agreed with me and I was labelled the strange one when really, the phones inclusion in each person's every moment is really what is strange!
Anyway, in 2016 I started to feel a shift and a call to have a phone, parfticularly for using Instgram, which I felt I would enjoy and be able to use to spread my message into. After a nervous few hours in the phone shop and help from a friend I did it and walked away the proud owner of my very first Samsung Android phone. It was a pay as you go as I intended to only use it when online.
I felt a bit like Crocodile Dundee at first. A primative woman using something rather mind blowing with the underliying fear that it would also take a grip of me as I saw with many humans around me.
To cut a long story short, I need not have worried at all as I am indeed strong minded and clear about the phone's purpose and that is absolutely to improve my life and the lives of others. Over the last two years I have launched two online transformational processes for people around the world and one is accessible without any direct contact with me, having prerecorded videos and informative information within a private members' area of my website. I created both things purely in my phone!!!! I also run a successful Instagram and Facebook page by phone, both of which bring me work, and attract much information which inspires and improves my life.
Yesterday I made the next huge leap for woman kind, for this woman anyway, and I invested in a lap top, this time to take my website programmes to the next level which was becoming increasinly challenging on such a tiny phone screen!
I dont have a TV so last night, I was amazed and delighted to be using the big screen of my lap top to watch You Tube videos! I have indeed been living in a sort of medieval age. Heehee
As extreme as this may sound, what I love is that I now appreciate modern advancements rather than taking them for granted. Also, I had those priceless few years of phonelessness and witnessed other people's leap down that black hole and this helps me to sit on the edge even now. It also gives me the sense to prioritise my use of my time on the internet and phone for those things which genuinely improve and bring value to my life.
I know this way is not for everyone but it's worth reflecting upon because there are so many apps and websites which give us access to such incredible life changing information now. Meditation and yoga classes all for free. Nutritional advice, relationship guidance..... the list is limitless.
We have a choice! Use technology to dull out the monotony and pain of modern life OR use it to transform our lives by seeing it as a tool for our evolution not our demise!
What say you?
Hi I am Jules, Founder of Goddessa Ibiza