Who ever would have dreamed that daily American life now hinges on devices that didn’t even exist 25 years ago?
And let’s face it. One way or another, from video games to smartphones, we’re all addicted.
You know you’re addicted when losing a phone or accidentally leaving it at home causes acute anxiety. The idea that we may have missed a life-changing call (which never, ever happens) or that our phone is somehow enjoying itself without us is far too much for most of us to bear.
The convenience afforded us by way of technology has been a game-changer. We communicate more now than at any time in human history.
Were it not for Facebook and Snapchat, how else would we know what people on vacation had for lunch?
Yes, we communicate, though it is mostly useless information and idle gossip, but whose heart doesn’t skip a little when a phone or tablet beeps, buzzes, jangles, rattles, barks or rings with an incoming message?
But as with everything, there is a trade-off.
By keeping our heads tilted downward, always downward toward our devices, we run the risk of missing out on the kind of spectacular show put on by nature in the summer.
After the monstrous winter we endured, why settle for the lifeless, otherworldly glow of a screen when there are green grass, blue skies and the warmth of a yellow sun?
Summer gives us 101 opportunities to enjoy the outdoors again, in all its technicolor glory.
Summer is a gift. Every morning for 101 days, the world unwraps itself and springs to life with bright and bursting flowers, trees dancing to a silent song, buzzing bees, twinkling fireflies, the seemingly constant hum of lawn mowers, a welcoming aroma of barbecue grills and children happily shrieking as they run through geysers of water from lawn sprinklers.
Every summer, the world becomes new again. It gives us 101 days, 101 chances to experience life and nature at its best.
Don’t waste a second of it.