Technology & me
I had an epiphany last week.
My epiphany started forming when I listened to Sherry Turkle's TED Talk (below).
Listening to her had a profound impact on me. It made me realised that too many people only know the virtual me.
The edited, retouched, pre-planned me. The me who drafts emails in advance, who pre-plans Facebook status posts, and who may deliberately choose to text instead of call, so I can control what I say.
And this realisation totally sucked.
It made me realise I want to give my connections, followers and friends (on- and offline) a chance to get to know the real-time me. The uneditied me. Me in the present.
So, I immediately turned off all my iPhone notifications (apart from phone and text), and it's become bliss. And, instead, made a few phone calls, and felt an immediate effect.
Love what you do and do what you love
During last week, I also found this talk by the late Scott Dinsmore. It truly is one of best career pep talks I've listened to. I agree with every little thing Scott says. And it's very cool that I feel my collaborators, co-workers, and the people I keep close, live and work like this; or at least aspire to. High hopes for the future!
I implore you to watch it, regardless of where you are in your career, some very important ways of seeing things.
Another big part of my day-to-day at the moment, is meditation. I am on session 66 of a new daily routine in my life. Coming from a travelling third-culture-kid background, working for nearly 15 years in a bustling and challenging London, to moving to calm Stockholm, has no doubt been a challenge.
In this talk, by Pico Iyer, he describes this experience quite eloquently. He describe the incredible insights that may come if you take a time-out. And he also gives you some tips of how to approach our world of constant movement and distraction. Great man. Great talk.