To continue my series of posts on things I have learned from the past 29 years of failures, I am going to tackle the topic of "off." In the case of this particular learning, I have to say that I have failed much more often than I have succeeded. And continue to do so. Our lives seem to get busier by the day, and thanks to modern gadgets like smartphones, laptops and ipads, it is so easy to never truly disconnect. Personally, it's something I struggle with more than most. The problem with not disconnecting and constantly thinking or doing two things at once is that at some point you forget how to live in the moment. Once you forget to live in the moment, you stop enjoying the small things in life. If that happens, good luck trying to find happiness. You'll be forever dependent on major moments of success and once they happen, you'll stop appreciating the moment a new tweet flies by. While such might sound a bit apocalyptic, I believe it to be true. Here are some examples of situations moments and situations that I will never get back.
- Being on your laptop while watching a movie with your girlfriend.
- Doing other things while talking to someone on the phone.
- Bringing your iPhone (with which came my work email) on a camping trip.
- Keeping my iPhone turned on while having coffee with a friend.
- Responding to text messages under the table during dinner.
- Tweeting while being at an MLB playoff game live with one of your best friends.
- Pretending like I use my iPad to take notes in a meeting.
- Being on Facebook while trying to write this damn blog entry.