University tests complete, grades submitted, summer vacation begins. How I use this time will be one of getting it done. No time to waste. Enjoy, create, expand. Simplify and support.
I had a realization, rather more like a strong feeling and vision the other day while walking home from the local grocery store. Accepting and embracing technology simplifies life and minimizes stress.
Let’s see how this is done as I walk you through a typical day. First, I awoke to the sounds of birds chirping. Not from outside my home, rather the alarm clock app on my smartphone. Upon waking I used my meditation app that is both a timer and a gong to signal the start and end of meditation.
This was followed by breakfast, low tech, before going online to peruse the morning news from around the world. Afterward teaching two morning online zoom classes to students residing in Japan as well as other places within Asia.
After a morning of teaching I hopped on my bike, but not before turning on the Strava app on my phone that tracks my speed, mileage and calories burned. Returning home after a few hours of riding I walked over to the grocery store to pick up food for the next few days. I paid not with cash, rather with an online app connected to my bank called PayPay, not to be confused with PayPal.
Walking home from the grocery store is when struck with the realization – “I live a technologically integrated, simplified, stress-free life.”
Prior to the pandemic, many have complicated things by living such a fast paced life resulting in unhealthy stress. I am finding that the pandemic has highlighted the things we don’t need and those that are important, thus potentially making life far simpler if we let go. This is what I see as the potential “new norm.” Embracing and integrating technology as a means of simplifying life. The old way no longer works.
Upon returning home and unloading my groceries it was evening and time for my daily Zoom call with my Mom who lives in Minneapolis. This is something we have done ever since the pandemic hit. It is her morning there and my evening in Tokyo. I get her caught on my day’s events and she let’s me know her daily plans. Lately, the topic has been the pandemic, politics and family. I often go on rants, which she listens to. At times she does the same and I listen in return.
Today, I told her of my realization of a simple, utopian lifestyle supported by technology. She understood and didn’t understand. I get it, she is of a generation that technology is burdensome. I wouldn’t say she has embraced tech, but she sure has gotten a handle on it being able to Zoom.
If I were to tell you ten years ago that I would be zooming my mom every night, I might have punched you in the face. Zooming? What the hell is that!
August 1st, 2020 UPDATE: I wanted to post an update to this post to let everyone know that I have been watching a Joe Rogan interview with Andrew Huberman a neurologist. While you don’t have to listen to the nearly three hour video, at the one hour and fifty minute mark (I bookmarked it and you can access below) the two of them talk in depth about technology and the affects on the brain. Some of what they say is in a similar vein as to what I wrote about above.