I’ve joined Facebook and Twitter, watched videos on YouTube and clicked onto Flickr to see photos from friends. Is that multi-tasking or just craziness? I have become so savy that I now have Facebook on my mobile phone. OK, I was not the one to add the technology, as I am more of the ‘push the button’ kind of a person. I have driven my car, trying to talk or text. I carry my blackberry when running, though admit I have insufficient breath to run and text at the same time. In the middle of dinner, I find myself checking the blackberry and following Facebook friends. I have not yet taken my blackberry into the bathroom, though it has crossed my mind. Honestly, there is a comfort in learning about everyday activities and thoughts. It brings all of us close, a sort of backyard fence. But there is a flip side and I’m trying my best to sort it all out. While some refer to this continuous connectedness as liberating, it is also a bit distracting.
Have you ever walked in a room and forgot what you were supposed to do? I am finding this happens with technology as well. There is so much to absorb, emails flying, Facebook messages, YouTube videos, Twitter (trying to figure out how to express a thought in 150 or less characters), that it feels like everyone is in such a rush and serves as a constant reminder that time flies… all too fast.
When Duchenne enters your home, Time stands still for only one moment as the diagnosis sinks into your brain. From that moment on, Time flies. Birthdays…Holidays, school days, week days, work, weekends...bittersweet as you see time passes much too quickly.
I’m all for technology and I’m happy to see Facebook friends. I’m doing my regular stuff and trying my best to keep up. But at the end of the day, I wish we had more time to spend, to talk, to laugh, to touch and instead of always multi-tasking, promise ourselves to find a bit of Zen in our lives or to sit down with a friend.