For something that was once held with such high regard...it has taken a serious turn. Over the past 15 years, we have all been increasingly pressured into a more interactive way of life. While it started out small...it has grown into something far more. When I take a step back and look at where we are today, I am not as impressed as others. The percentage of mailed letters has decreased greatly because of technology. Communication used to be so intimate and now it is something we take for granted without even realizing.
My friend Abby is currently trying to de-clutter and happened upon her "memory box." This box was filled with letters, old notebooks, pictures, etc. It makes me sad to realize that most people do not have something like this anymore. When watching movies even 10 years old...the characters have these. Now, a memory box is your cell phone or computer. It is sad that we don't experience a hand written letter or an unexpected visit from a friend or acquaintance anymore. Every move is so calculated because of our advancements in technology. Even over Christmas break, my brother's friend sent him an email with time slots as to when they could potentially get together. Even though this was probably a joke...it is silly it is even an option.
I wish we could all experience a week in the past. I think that we all get so caught up in the way of life now, that we don't take the time to appreciate what we have and live as simply as we can. I am grateful to live in Brooklyn because most people here have that attitude for appreciation. What I find most attractive, is different from most growing up in a generation of technology. Living vicariously through characters of old movies and books, is the closest we have to understanding the previous way of the world. My challenge for you is to leave your cell phone at home one day, or fast from Facebook for a week. Removing yourself from the constant source of communication is refreshing and exhilarating. If someone wants to find you, you should allow them the opportunity to work for it. XO