Happy Thanksgiving, my lovely readers. As I sit here today writing to you, I can’t help but feel a little disconnected. I have suddenly become extremely overwhelmed with how impersonal our lives have become. Phone calls, handwritten letters, and face-to-face interactions have been replaced with Tweets, emoticons, and Facebook statuses. Call me an old soul, but this realization has really had a profound effect on me.
Although I technically fit in the “millennial” category, I feel blessed to have known what life felt like before Internet and cell phones began to dominate our lives. I can still recite the home phone numbers of my best friends from childhood and when I got bullied at school I used to call my mom collect at work using a payphone outside the cafeteria at lunch.
While doing a little pre-Christmas indulging on Netflix, I came to the conclusion the other day that I kind of feel the same way as Hugh Grant in the opening scene in Love Actually. You know, where he’s talking about the arrivals terminal at Heathrow? I’m just a little gloomy with the state of the world.
Don’t get me wrong — I love technology. I’ve purchased flash-sale items on my iPhone from the back seat of a co-worker’s rental car in Florida (without them even knowing!), changed my flight en route to the airport, and watched entire episodes of Mad Men while riding on the Commuter Rail. But I miss people.
Now, I in no way want to move backwards, I just want to slow down a little. I want to pick up the <cell> phone instead of sending a quick text. I want to take the time to send a handwritten note instead of an email. I want to be a little more personal in a world that is increasingly full of robots and machines.
You may feel the same way that I do, or you may feel differently, and thats OK. But, I figure what is the point of having a blog if you aren’t going to get real and personal sometimes. So, if you feel even a little bit like I do right now, do me a favor and get a little more “personal” this holiday season. Send a handwritten card. Give an old friend a call. Make those dinner plans you’ve been putting off for months.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day full of laughter, love, and joy.
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