I’ve been thinking a lot about how much the world has changed, just in my lifetime.
The life that existed 40 years ago is gone. It has been replaced by this new, digitally connected, internet-based version that we know today.
As a kid, my brothers and I spent every day outside. There wasn’t a lot to do in the house. Our indoor entertainment consisted mainly of books, a few toys and maybe a black and white TV with three channels.
So we entertained ourselves.
We woke up in the morning, wiped the sleep out of our eyes and headed out into the deep woods of Oklahoma that surrounded our house. We would spend the entire day out there, running through the grass, jumping over ditches and creating imaginary cities in our minds.
The only reason we went inside was to eat, clean up and go to sleep.
That kind of childhood no longer exists. It has been replaced by the internet.
Most kids now spend all day inside, tapping and clicking away on phones and computers. They rarely even leave their rooms or talk with anyone at all.
And I don’t blame them.
If the internet had existed when I was a kid, I would have done the exact same thing. In fact, I kind of do it now.
- I wake up and check my phone every morning.
- I communicate with most of my family and friends digitally.
- I spend more hours inside than outside.
“It” got me. And it’s probably gotten you too.
It’s not all bad though. Sometimes things just… change. And sometimes for the better.
The internet has changed my life for sure. I honestly don’t know if I would be alive right now without it. It replaced my addiction to alcohol, and for that I forever grateful. It’s allowed me to not have a job for almost a decade now. This is something I am extremely grateful for as well.
So, I’m not saying “the internet has ruined the world“. No, I’m not saying that at all.
I’m just saying that things have changed. And to succeed, we may need to change as well.
If you’re 40 years old and your parents had you when they were 20 and their parents had them when they were 20, the information that you received as a child was passed down from someone who was born in 1934.
Life in 1934 was a completely different life than then one we are living now. There was no technology. TVs were barely invented! People were riding around on horses.
The knowledge that was passed down to your parents and then to you is, at this point mostly useless. And the information your grandparents got from their parents? That came from someone living in the 1800s!
The point is – there is a good possibility that the information we are operating on now, came from a time that is no longer relevant. And it might be a good idea to rethink most of the lessons you learned and the things you think are true. Are there better answers in this new world?
- Do you need to go to school anymore?
- Is the information they teach outdated and probably not true? (yes)
- Do you really need shampoo?
- Is marriage necessary?
- Do you need a 9-5 job to survive?
- Do you have to go to church to go to heaven?
- Is the Government good or bad?
- Do you need a car?
The list goes on and on.
And the more I dig into it, the more I find thoughts, beliefs and ideas that I have that are no longer relevant. And I’m doing my best to discard them one by one. This weekend I got rid of a ton of things in my home and in my mind that didn’t need to be there.
I recommend you do the same.
Take some time and re-evalutate your life and everything you’re doing. Is it necessary? Can you eliminate it? What else could you be doing?
Most of us never take the time to sit back and think things through. I don’t do it often enough. Years can go by where I live like a rat on a wheel. Same shit, different day as they say.
But every once and a while something will wake me from the haze. I come back to the present moment and and change things based on my current life and my current state of mind. These purges of old thoughts and things always leave me feeling better.
The internet took away the need for me to go outside, but it also gave me access to an infinite ocean of information, and I’m spending a lot of time lately digging through it looking for answers.
Maybe it’s time for you to do the same.