…or does anybody else stop and think about how fortunate we are to have the internet?
Take me, for example. Stuck in bed for a large part of the day, if not most of the day, but totally occupied. There’s something I can do on my computer or on my phone at any level of brain fog! I cannot help but think what it must have been like in the “old days” when all you could do was watch TV or read a book if you were sick. I actually remember those days because I was a kid/teenager. I remember how awful I felt after a day of watching television. I remember how hard it was to read if I had a fever.
My only wish is that the internet in the mobile form of the smartphone might have been available when I was raising four children who are eight years apart at each end. Young parents, do you realize how fortunate you are to have that little smartphone at your fingertips which can even entertain a baby in a long checkout line?
I did not have this. I also did not have the wonderful strollers and gadgets that I now see everywhere. They were unaffordable back then! I think about how every waking moment with a baby/toddler/two and three and four year old was. How there were terrible ones and twos but then also terrible threes and fours, etc! How we had to cancel trips because none of the four children could stand riding in a carseat for more than thirty minutes! How once I sat in the back with my first, unbuckled her from the carseat and held her in my lap so she would stop screeching, but we still never made it down Highway 1 in California to the cabin we booked in Mendocino! How we had to stop midway in practically a ghost town to spend the night and lost the money we laid out for the cabin reservation.
Eventually we decided that travelling with the children on any trip longer than an hour just wasn’t worth it. So…parents…use the internet as a tool, properly for your kids! Take advantage of the ease it offers to get dinner prepared, or to take a nap, or to get through that shopping line. I take advantage of this now with my youngest and it buys me so much time and the ability to concentrate at important moments.
Because you don’t want to be like me…accumulating so much stress in your life that it could make you ill eventually. I do think that this stress was a great contributer to the massive systemic Sarcoidosis that I now have that is still not fully responding to treatment after three years!
Aside from these internet wonders, I also think about how we are able to connect with anyone in the world. Take Sarcoidosis, for example. A really weird and rare disease that nobody understands except for the patients who suffer with it. Where would I meet one of those? On the internet, of course. In my Facebook groups. I am actually making international friends because of Sarcoidosis and the internet! How cool is that?? On Facebook there are weekly posts commemorating a “friend” who passed away from Sarcoidosis. Usually nobody in the group has physically met the person, yet they “knew” them well based on their posts over the years. Simply amazing.
So with all the garbage that I have to go through because of this stupid disease, I am so grateful for what I have. I was so busy for so long, that I think I would just wither away without the ability to entertain myself and stay challenged through the internet. I can easily spend eight to ten hours doing something on this computer!
So, when things aren’t peachy, think about the things you actually have rather than the things that you are missing, and hopefully that new perspective will help brighten your day!