Technology, both a blessing and a curse

Haven’t you ever found yourself wasting countless hours online, even if it is just on your phone?
Technology tends to help us a lot but it also has it’s downfalls.

The internet is a beautiful invention, you can polish your skills, your knowledge or indulge in anything that you find useful. The problem is we spend too much time online or with electronic devices in general. Look around when you’re driving a bus, or waiting in front of a store. 9 out of 10 you’ll see someone scrolling on their phone or tablet. When we are at home it’s also easy to escape reality and just spend our spare time online. Social media is something that made this possible. Being social without being social.

A weird concept isn’t it?

While it is a good thing that it there is such a thing as the internet. There are other ways to spend your spare time and even being productive while loving what you do. Try grabbing a book for example, what happened to those pieces of literature that can actually change or life. For example “The power of now” by Eckhart Tolle. It’s healthier to just grab the book instead of reading it on a screen. Give yourself a break from technology once in a while. Let your eyes and ears rest.

Maybe you want to achieve something, try talking to people instead of spending hours behind your computer. Find yourself a real mentor who can teach you in the things you want to learn. Someone with experience, this can improve your learning curve a lot. Making your goal within reach a whole lot faster.

While on the subject of skills, social skills are obviously very important to have. You can’t learn those by being behind a screen or with your headphones in. If you have certain social fears try stepping out of that comfort zone. I myself had this problem as well, I didn’t go out a lot, I didn’t even think about talking to strangers. Eventually I decided to step out of that comfort zone and this got me a job in face-to-face marketing, which in turn has everything to do with social skills. Developing these skills by actually doing instead of procrastinating will help you to get to those goals a lot faster.

Now, let’s put your phone, laptop, whatever you’re holding away and let’s start doing things that can actually improve your life in the long run.

I’ve been there, I know what it feels like. By going out and actually improving you’ll automatically feel better about yourself and achieve a lot more. It won’t come in a day, but keep stepping out of your comfort zone and give that learning curve a little hand!

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Less is more

Living in our society we grow up with cellphones, computers, TV, … but does this truly bring happiness to your life? My answer to this is no. Yes, it can be nice to get yourself a new gadget or new clothing but we all know this is only temporarily. So where does real happiness come from?

Everyone has certain passions in life, all we can do is pursue them or stay at the place we are. Most people tend to stay in their comfort zone instead of actually risking to fail doing what they love. Having a purpose in life is gold, and people who are passionate about what they want are the people you want to surround yourself with. You don’t want to look back at your life in 20 years thinking you should have pursued that dream.

There are various way to actually achieve true happiness, for some it’s traveling for others it’s just social contact. But one thing is for sure, we cannot replace our true happiness with gadgets, money or anything that you ‘own’. In essence we’re still animals, we live through our basic instincts which are still survival, reproduction and so on. Why wouldn’t you go back to a simple life where all you need is people around you, a roof above your head and nature around you.

We’ve lived this way for ages, and for some reason it seems hard for people to go back to their roots. While I was the same way, working on farms, working with people and saying no to materialism made me find the essence of human beings, the essence of true happiness.

‘People tend to try to find happiness in materialistic things while the pure emotion and lives of other living creatures in their own way can show you what real happiness is about.’

What I mean by this, if you look around to animals, plants and any other creature you can see the minimalism in their lives. They don’t need a fancy phone, car nor computer. They’re surrounded by their own kind, living day by day just doing what they need to do. They’re ‘clean’. We as human beings can do this too. Try packing all your stuff into boxes, and for 3 weeks take what you need out of those boxes. You’ll notice that 85% of the items you possess are not Necessary.

Only if you do this you’ll notice that you can focus on other things, personal relationships, chasing your dreams such as traveling, learning to play an instrument and much more.

Go back to where you came from and you’ll see life will be simpler, that doesn’t mean easier. But at least you’re now living a fulfilling life.