We are using the Internet wrong. Smartphones turn people into horrible listeners. And cat videos aren't as riveting as we think they are. These are just some of the revelations I’ve had during a half-year of self-imposed exile from the Internet and bus boards in general.
Standing on the back of the ferryboat as she plowed the waters of Pugent Sound, I pondered my plight in life. Which included the Existential and introspective. I really have learned a lot about myself. I did have a lot of free time, but a lot of it was loneliness and boredom in ways that I hadn't really experienced before.
Early on that was a real inspiration.
There were times I would realize my mind was in really cool places, having thought processes that are hard to have when you're on the Internet and the same news and information cycle as everybody else. I read some books I would have never read, and wrote some stuff I would have never written.
I was a little bit out of the loop, in a good way, and I really enjoyed that. But it was really easy to sink in on myself and be withdrawn from people because it was just a little harder to get a hold of people, a little harder to make plans, and a little easier for me to just hide from the world and stay in my home and play video games.
So rolling it over in my mind I ask myself this question ... “Did you accomplish most of what you set out to do?”
I had these goals for this year, y’know, what I wanted to do. Read X number of books and write a first draft of my novel. This was my chance. I'm never going to have this much free time in my entire life, and so it was really hard at the end of the year to say I didn't do all those things.
Lifting my head and staring up at the sky, I silently thought to myself “Lord, I have $10,000 should I buy a bus?”
And there it was ........
Just think how neat it will be when the finally get around to legalizing smoke ... that will really make all this cool. Now play nice everyone, share, be good, it is after all, only Monday.