This is a very fearful situation for many of us. Our official and personal lives are tied to internet. With its absence there will be complete chaos.
It doesn’t matter how hard you try, this scenario would happen at least once. For most of us it has already happened.
We can’t imagine ourselves like this or we don’t want to put ourselves in such case. It is disturbing. The addiction and dependencies we have makes us uncomfortable even to imagine.
I experienced it and it was an eye-opener experience for me. Let me break down what happened…
I Went Clueless
The moment I entered the home, I switched on my laptop and spent literally all my free time on it. I even watch tv shows on internet.
For me, internet is the hub for keeping me up-to-date, making me knowledgeable and giving me the connections to leverage. I can connect all over the world.
My internet was down. When I entered the home, I went nuts literally. I realized I was lost. There was this big question for me…
How do I spend the next 4 hours?
All the books I read are online, games which I play are online and even I do my writing online. For a moment I was blank.
Then I sat down and started the computer. I realized I could do the writing offline (this didn’t clicked me when suddenly internet went down), I could
watch stored movies in my computer.
I felt a sigh of relief.
The dependencies on the internet made me crazy. Too much of anything is not good. This held true in this case too.
What followed was the wonderful thoughts and experience I should devote my time to…
I realized I was only spending my time in digital world. Definitely it has its share of advantages, losing your mind in it is not good.
Taking a look around every half an hour, talking with your family members and maybe helping around with the errands adds so much value.
Human interaction is more needed live than over digital medium. You should not sacrifice live ones over digital relationship.
A throwback hit me.
When I was a kid, most of my time was spent playing, drawing and talking with my friends. Those were the golden era of my life.
It struck me that drawing is something I had totally forgotten because it seemed I don’t have time for it. We all know this is not true.
Everyone including you has some creative talents. For example : dancing, singing or story telling. If you are not pursuing it as a career than you should keep doing it as a hobby.
It will add happy moments in your life and you won’t feel like you lost a million dollars when your internet goes down.
Keeping a right balance in your real and digital world is the key to not panick when things don’t go as expected.
The very first thing I did when my internet service went down was to call my internet service provider. Since the payment due date hasn’t came, I was angry on why the connection is not showing up.
The guy on the other end explained to me, it was a technical issue and things would get resolved soon.
We all are humans ( except those who aren’t like cute cats, fluffy rabbits or lovable dolphins) and we make mistakes.
Technologies are made by human and it is bound to have issues. Only if there was a world where everything was perfect, life would have been boring.
Patience is the key to success. Once you understand humans and keep your cool, things get resolved much faster.
We Need Break
Constantly trying to solve the algebra problem you are stuck at. Getting nowhere and feeling annoyed. I don’t have the solution. I do have the method to get the solution faster.
Try taking a break.
Yes, this is the best way to refocus. Sometimes all we need is a fresh perspective and we get our solution.
The problem is we hate quitting when we are very near our goal. That’s why you need to have a break, re-energize yourself and come back with 10 times the previous energy.
When my internet went down, I realized I needed a break from digital space. Working on computers for 8 hours in workspace and 4 hours in personal space was limiting me.
My brain needed a break where I could detach myself and then come with a super-charged manner. It did work.
I absorbed more from the articles I read, I could plan on a strategy to go ahead with my goals and schedule myself so I could have a balance in my struggle between real and digital world.
Life can teach you many principles in a way totally unexpected. For me, as simple as internet going down taught me so much which would take many days, maybe months to self realize.
What do you do when your internet connection goes down?