Wednesday, October 12, 2011

There is something definitely wrong with me and I know this why? It is not because some high charging medically educated person pointed this out. It is more that I have self diagnosed myself. Did I forget to tell you I was a doctor?

To realize all that is wrong with one’s self does not always require a medical professional, sometimes it just requires silence. I have experienced a ton of silence this month and the diagnosis?

Soul searching about my career in architecture I realized when I was last happy with it. That would have been around 1990 before computers, Dr. Seuss trees and those Lego looking people took over.

I use to be the one everyone said, “Let Jules write it, her handwriting is wonderful.” Now I can’t even read my own writing but I can type with 4 fingers instead of two.

These were my first two symptoms and the straw that broke the camels back was this. While sketching the other day, not quite happy with a particular aspect I found myself looking for the delete key. I knew then exactly what I had.

Electroconjunktaidis! I have become a dinosaur with modern habits. I do not like art work done on a computer, though there are valid arguments as to this actually being art, I think not. I long for the human flaws.

I miss the days when you actually received a hand written letter in the mail but then so does the U.S. postal service. I only read books I can hold in my hand, sorry but books on-line aggravate my vertigo.

I have become totally confused as to whether I prefer a drunk driver or a texting driver? In no way am I advocating drinking and driving but… at least a drunk driver is looking up at you so you some what know which direction to weave.

Two years ago I was strapped to this little invention writing my heart away and exploring every alleyway of the internet, then the symptoms started.

I would sit down to write my lovely stories and the minute I put my fingers on this electronic gadget the electrons would run away with them. Somewhere in this maze of wiring are ideas I would love to have back.

Doctors orders are to be a dinosaur. Write by hand, draw by hand, live by hand and the results….

I became depressed and according to the latest survey I should be doing what? Drinking coffee! And how do I make my coffee? In a dang electric coffee brewer! Must be why it is not working.

I’m telling you there is something wrong with me and electrical gadgets are to blame. I’ll be doing all I can to correct this situation, just as soon as I heal the two thumbs I busted this week re-educating myself on hand tool use.



Amie Kaufman said, 

Oh, unplugging is soooooooooo important. I find that there are some things I just always do better by hand. Outlining stories is definitely one example--a keyboard could never substitute!

October 12, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Journaling Woman said, 

I love technology, but you're right something is missing and I think it's the personal touch we use to give and get.

October 12, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Melissa Bradley said, 

I agree one hundred percent. Technology really has put such distance between not only ourselves and other people, but also between ourselves and our work.

There is good with the bad though. Technology has enabled connections that we wouldn't normally have with people and places far away from us. :) Hugs!

October 12, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Nothing is the same as a hand-written letter. :)

And I agree--electronics can come in handy, but they also automate a lot of what we do.

October 12, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Gail said, 

I completely agree with you...when the power grid goes, people with be lost.

There are rumors, few people know what a pencil is anymore...like the dinosaur, it is almost extinct.

Fantastic post.

October 12, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Green Monkey said, 

I love the sound of the keyboard but I tend to pound too hard when I'm deep in thought.

I love my french press. No electricity required.

Don't want to give up my battery powered toothbrush, or any of my other battery powered toys ;)

Love you Jules!

October 12, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Matthew MacNish said, 

Sometimes we need to LIVE. Or have a real conversation. They're becoming lost arts.

October 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Angela Felsted said, 

Sadly, I understand. There's nothing like doodling, or writing pen to paper.

October 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
N. R. Williams said, 

I'd be lost without my computer for writing, but drawing, I need paper and colored pencils or water colors and a quiet place. The quiet place is my big struggle right now.

October 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
GigglesandGuns said, 

That week when I couldn't charge was one of the best in a long time -- almost didn't plug back in.

I can't draw on a 'puter but then, I can't draw with a pencil either. *sigh*

October 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Katie Gates said, 

I agree, and although I find the computer and the internet helpful for any number of reasons, I long for the days when our collective species was not so screen-focused.

I recently returned from 10 days on the East Coast, where I visited -- among others -- a cousin. She is a midwife and she told me of one of her patients who took a short break from "pushing" to send out a text. The patient was compelled apparently to share with someone that she'd just seen the baby's head. Hmm... I don't even want to think of that baby's future and how disconnected s/he will feel by virtue of all these alleged connecting technologies.

Use a pen. Draw by hand. Enjoy offline serenity whenever possible. The ship has clearly sailed, and our world is not going to become less technological, but we can choose when to participate.

October 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Susan Flett Swiderski said, 

I'm not a hypochondriac, but OMG! I'm pretty sure your disease is contagious, and now I've GOT IT!!! Quick, call the CDC! Wait, no, better write them a letter. With a fountain pen.

October 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

I'm sorry!
Mysthbusters proved that talking on the phone was more dangerous than driving drunk, so I bet texting is even worse.
I do think computer graphics are art though. My trailer was created in that manner and while it's awesome, it's not perfect.

October 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM  
Nezzy said, 

I still hand-write letters and thank~you notes. Heck I even send cards the old fashioned way by snail mail. I use a sketchpad to draw on.

Not to say I don't use the gadgets with all their glory but take it from an old chick...sometimes ya just gotta unplug!!

God bless and have a magnificent day sweetie!!! :o)

October 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM  
Karen Lange said, 

For the record, I never text and drive... and I see your point. It makes me shudder just to think of it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You make me smile, laugh, and nod in agreement alot.
Happy Thursday,

October 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

Wow, Jules, you think about so many of the same things I do & also get frustrated with and confused by.

I had a job interview last week that paid more than I expected (& would have liked that part) however it was doing incredibly boring and frustrating computer reports. Pulling this xo-file, into this mb-xfile, and so on. OMG... I told then I wanted (needed) to work with real live people and doing things that got me moving (and using my own mind and hands).

So you are Not alone by any means in how you feel. Hope you find something that makes you really Happy, Jules & soon!!

Take care of You and get outside more this fall. I know you love this season best! :-)
Big Hug,
Coreen XO

October 13, 2011 at 10:36 PM  
kobico said, 

With smart phones doing so much more, computers may be going the way of the dinosaur, too! I have been choosing to unplug more lately... and it feels good :)

October 14, 2011 at 5:03 AM  
Flying high in the sky.... said, 

hand delivered mails.......so so nostalgic and so pure....i love that feeling.... but ....you know....:) loved your post....

October 14, 2011 at 5:10 AM  
Tammy said, 

I love my gadgetry but you're right--true art has to come from us flawed humans! You really got me thinking about what truly gives us soul....

October 15, 2011 at 12:02 AM  
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