Last Sunday me and a group of friends spent the day in Gloucester, were we went to enjoy a Whale Watch trip. There were 11 of us and while sitting on the curb, waiting for the time to leave, we shared snacks and drinks, jokes and laughs, then the time came and we enjoyed a magnificent day on the Hurricane - from Cape Ann Whale Watch, with the whales giving us a private show (at least that is how it felt - I have over 250 pics to prove it...), then we went to get ice cream and sit on the beach to chat before coming back home.
We talked about lots of things, as you can imagine, but one of the conversations that stuck to me was about how simpler life used to be, how things where different from our hi-speed, high technology, our 'ican't' live without google, facebook or twitter world we and our children live today. It made me think about how machine oriented we are, how lost we can become when we 'are not connected', how much time is spent looking at a computer or smart phone screeen rather than looking into the eyes of our loved ones, or taking in all the beauty, or creating and cherishing real relationships and friendships.
I think back when we made our own happiness and fun. We didn't depend on smart phones, computers, MP3 players, GPS, cable TV, wireless phones, and all else. We depended on our imagination to create games, mysteries stories, and hiding places. Our friends were within a one block radius of our house. We didn't lock our doors and windows. We wore our shoes out before we threw them away, and, in some cases, we had them repaired because we really liked them or couldn't afford new ones. We never bought a new car. We always bought used because the "bugs had been worked out” and we kept the car until it was finished. We used a push lawn mower which was why we didn't let the grass grow too long. Was it a simple life? It was simple from a technology aspect, but we had our problems. We had to use our imaginations, our physical strength, our families, our friends, and ourselves for everything. I believe it is how you look at simplicity and process it.
YEEEEHAAAA!!!!! It is Friday. Time to do the Friday dance, sing the Friday song, it's Winnery Concert Day here in Westport, and … We should do this every day. Well, lets start today. Have a wonderful day. We’re gonna.