I could so easily toss all this technology aside for the simple life. If only it were possible.
I could do away with the instant access to emails and info. I could do without the GPS and maps (I’d miss that, but I could do without easily). I could do without the mobile Facebook and Twitter and SMS and web browsing and laptops and computers and giving a shit about Android vs Apple vs Blackberry vs Symbian vs Windows. Why do I even give a crap? I don’t know anymore.
Seriously, what freaking difference will it make in the end when I look back at my life and think about all the great and not great things that happened? Like this stupid smartphone war will even matter! What a waste of time. I’m done thinking about it, I’m done, I don’t care any more! They’re all great and all crappy and all have awesome and shitty things. In the end none of their successes or failures will make me a billionaire, or make my kid better able to handle life as an independent human being, or cause me to look back on my deathbed and think “wow I’m so glad so-and-so company’s system won out in the end!”
I need to rethink my position on the stuff that doesn’t matter. Not just smartphones or HP vs Dell or trying in vain to convince this customer to pick this application instead of the other, who the hell cares as long as I get my hourly rate paid.
If I had a second marketable skill I’d give up this IT consulting in a heartbeat. I really envy my buddy Brent who runs a truck maintenance company. He’s disconnected from the net (well far more than me anyways), happy as stink with his old Blackberry Pearl, he’s outside all the time, lives in the middle of bumfuck nowhere in the middle of cornfields.
If I could snap my fingers and change my life, I’d live up North in BC or Whitehorse and run an outdoor excursion company. I’d take Europeans on canoe trips, river rafting trips, hikes, snowmobile outings, cross country ski trips, you name it. I’d be surrounded by awesome outdoor gear, my spare time would be spent fixing it all, messing around with new stuff, staring at maps and planning new routes. Sigh.