posted on May, 18 2012 @ 10:27 AM
Just thought i would share this with the ATS community. Just some personal meandering rant/thought.
I was in some intense deep thought today standing in front of the microwave heating up a can of Campbell’s Chicken & Stars (Yes I am Grown, I
Maybe it was the radiation spewing out of the microwave acting like super balls bouncing away in my brain. Maybe it was the remnants of DDT on the
green pepper I ate earlier. Who knows… Itmight have even been just a lucid moment in my own kitchen for no reason at all because I am
semi-intelligent. Yeah. That last one sounds a lot better and er, healthier. We’ll just call it that.
So the two minutes felt like twenty. I was getting impatient waiting so long for my food. After my lucid moment I had plenty of time to ponder on it
(about one minute and fifty seconds to be exact. I did start at two to be fair).
When the hell did two minutes become an eon? I mean really. Think about it for a second….
If you grew up in the era that I did (or before) you did not have a microwave until you were almost a teenager. So I still remember 8 tracks, betas,
lps, and cassettes.
But most importantly I remember waiting all day long for a bowl of homemade soup. ALL DAY! And at that time you did get hungry but there was a lot
less impatience accompanying it. And that soup was damn good by the time you got it.
Somehow between then and now we have become an impatient society that wants what they want RIGHT NOW! I blame the advent of the microwave since I had
almost 2 full minutes to tie it all together.
If we have to wait for anything we almost start hyperventilating. We have forgotten what to do with free time. You call someone now and if they
don’t answer back immediately we assume they are lying in a ditch bleeding to death, doing something nefarious, or just plain ignoring us. We
proceed to email, text, and call back 55 times in 60 seconds. Then we start getting annoyed and angry.
30 years ago we didn’t think anything about someone taking a few days to return a call.
We are unhappy in certain ways due to the advances in technology that have in other ways benefitted us immensely. It’s not always a win/win if you
think about it.
Our kids talk to us by texting from their bedroom 5 feet away. They are pissed if they don’t have instant gratification. We taught them that because
we have grown so used to it ourselves.
Two minutes is too damn long to wait for food. You have been there too. Bootleg movies keep us from having to wait for the dvd. Online shopping has
kept us from having to wait in line for 12 hours and beat down teenagers to get the new gaming system for your kids at Christmas. Credit cards have
kept us from having to work and save to get something we really want. There is a long list stored on my jump drive somewhere I’m sure. But it would
take me too long to find it.
Worst of all…
We have forgotten how to press slow mo on certain parts of our lives.
We don’t appreciate that perfect spring day when the breeze is just so, the clouds are as fluffy as they were when we were kids, and you have the
overwhelming feeling of just being lucky enough to appreciate being alive to see it.
We prepare our kids for college starting in preschool and only notice when we’ ve missed something more often than we notice just how awesome it is
to have bought that beautiful mini person into this world.
We need more of that. So what do we do?
My prescription would say…
We need to wait all day for a piping hot bowl of homemade vegetable soup more often. It tastes a whole lot better than that condensed crap anyway.
Most things are a world better when more time is spent on it. A good thing to remember for sure.