Hello everyone! Bretony here, as always. I'm not sure if everyone else is in the holiday spirit or not, but I have been jamming a lot lately to Mariah Carey's Christmas high notes. Magical! As most of you know, I work by myself on this blog, so I don't have co-workers. Which in turn means that I don't have any work holiday parties to attend! Or do I? Let's just say, holiday parties I've been formally invited to so far: 0, holiday parties I've crashed so far: 3! One was actually last night with my most previous place of employment (the place I left last year around this time). It was pretty awesome! I got to see all of the girls I use to work with. It felt like old times again (without all the stress of ACTUAL work that is)! Anywho, the inspiration for this blog has nothing to do with any of that. On my way to the holiday party yesterday, I saw an advertisement on the train for a company called Shyp. This app will send a courier to your house within 20 minutes to pick up any items you have to ship. They will package and send it out for you as well. When I first saw the ad, I was like "Heck yea, I need this!" I actually have a big bag of stuff I need to send my sister that I've been putting off for the longest. Some of these new apps seem so darn temptingly convenient these days, but when you actually think about it, none of them are necessary, we've just been conditioned to rely on them. Are we all just teetering on the fine line between convenience and laziness?
Even though this Shyp app may seem like a good idea in theory, think about all of the other similar apps that have been popping up; seamless, soap.com, postmates... the list goes on and on! It has come to the point where most of our daily tasks can now be completed via our cellphones. While some of these apps do prove to be super convenient in this fast paced world, I have to wonder, am I just getting lazier and lazier? There was a time when I'd order seamless almost every week! (Thanks to my dwindling bank account, it is now a special occasion sorta thing.) Why can't I just go out and get my own food? Or better yet, why can't I just cook? Seamless for example doesn't even really save all that much time (it takes forever sometimes). There is nothing wrong with wanting to spend a day not doing anything but staying in bed and not moving, trust me, I'm the queen of the that! The queen! I'm not sure why, but it all became clear when I saw the ad on the train the other day. I literally don't have to leave my house for anything if I don't want to.
This led me to think about other things we take for granted in this day and age due to apps. Recently, I decided to delete my beloved Snapchat app. If you were one of the lucky 25 people who got to follow me on there, you should know how much I loved it! The reason I did eventually delete the app altogether (after a LOT of weaning off) was because I felt that those watching my stories were seemingly getting all of their information from said stories as opposed to communicating with me directly. Some of the people who would view my stories, I haven't even talked to in the past 6 months! Finding out what all of our friends and associates are up to via social media is definitely balancing on the line of laziness. I've even had some friends who I haven't seen in a while tell me ALL about what they believe I'm up to these days based on things they've seen me post. I admit, I like to share my experiences with the world, but if you actually have the means to speak with me directly, you can find out all of your information from the source...me! Thanks to apps like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, we can have friends conveniently without actually having to put in the work it takes for an actual friendship. Is this what the world has come to? We don't even have to leave the house for FRIENDS anymore!
Let's not forget that there is a whole world out there for us to experience first hand. We have the ability to walk outside to get out food. We can even make it to the dreadful post office to mail our own packages from time to time. Dare I say it, we can actually meet up with people instead of chatting back and forth on Facebook all day. Conveniences are surely good sometimes, but when we become so reliant on everything being at the touch of a button, we lose all of the great features the human body has pre installed! Even walking has become old news with these rolling feet things. They do look kinda fun, but is this honestly considered a mode of transportation now?
You know, even our brains start to deteriorate if we don't exercise and use them daily. We shouldn't depend so much on the crutches that hinder us from using our minds and bodies. Just like memory loss can be prevented by brain activities, our muscles and joints might be less stiff when we get older if we just get out and get active more often. Delete some of those apps if you have to! Break away! Now I'm not saying delete everything, because some apps are very fun and useful. Maybe I'll even have a Bretony Boheme app in the future! It is good however to incorporate some sort of non-technological aspect in our lives. All of this is easier said than done, trust me, I know. Because all I really wanna do after writing this blog is curl up with Netflix and order food from this place across the street (I'm pretty freakin hungry). But alas, I have another holiday party to possibly crash!
p.s. I've never seen the movie Wall-E, but I was told that they have a similar projection for the human race, in which everyone in the future gets fat and lazy because everything they need is provided at the touch of a button. I gotta watch that movie!
p.p.s. I also do understand that even this blog is a bit convenient for writer and reader alike. Which brings me to reveal one of my resolutions for next year... write and publish a book! That's right people, soon, you will be able to have a tangible version of my writing! It will take a lot of work, which I'm not sure if I can handle yet, but I'm very excited. More news on that to come!
p.p.p.s. Actually one of my very first published circulating manuscripts was a delightful page turner named "Teen Life", which I wrote at the ripe ole age of 12. I gave the only copy to a few classmates to read, yet after rave reviews, it was confiscated by faculty. I may have mentioned a few names of a few people who were related to the founder of the school, in a not so flattering light. My very first expose'! But Bretony speaks the TRUTH darnit! I wonder what ever happened to that book...