No, I’m not talking about some pour-your-heart-out, acoustics-only special on MTV. I’m talking about that tipping point in a person’s life where they’re so jacked into the Matrix, it becomes difficult to tell fantasy from the real thing.
In a world filled with iPhone this and Android that, there comes a time in a man’s life where he must educate–and re-educate–himself on the very things that made him great in the first place. There are people who swear they wouldn’t survive without a GPS or Wi-Fi signal, but I ask them: “How do you think your ancestors survived, huh?
I’m saying that we should all revert back to the Stone Age, no. I’m merely suggesting we stop and smell the roses, you know? We should take time and effort to hold on to some the most fundamental skills that helped make the man great and the world we live in even greater. Here’s how:
– Write a letter.
Not an e-mail, text message or tweet, no. Write a letter, to yourself, a colleague, family member, significant other or a complete stranger. It pains me to see what the technology age has done to the D’Nealian style of handwriting. Accomplished professionals now have the penmanship of four-year-olds. Take some time, once a month, to write a letter and hone your fine motor skills back to their once-pristine status. You’ll be surprised how much of a boost in self-confidence it will give you. Plus, it’s a great excuse to buy that $250 fountain pen set.
– Take a hike.
Let’s face it: you’re either pasty and pale, sick, tired or just downright crotchety. You want to know why? You spend too much time indoors. You’re indoors at work, even if you work at home, you probably spend most of your time in the house. A vacation for you in a sunny spot somewhere on the beach is less probable than successful time travel, but that’s okay. You don’t need to take days off to get your daily dose of the outdoors. Man was meant to be one with nature every once in a while. Take a walk through a nearby nature trail, eat outside every chance you get, ride a bike with your children/spouse/friends, etc. Whatever you do, be sure to take a deep breath and be glad that you’re alive and better off than your desk jockey cohorts.
Glued to your IM screen much? I know it’s a busy, busy world out there, but there is so much to be had, I promise you. Instead of sending a “Hello!” text to your friend down the street, stop by his or her house instead. Granted, they’ll be just as freaked out by it as you will undoubtedly be, but that’s the beauty of it. You two can support each other as you reconnect on a level that you may have though was long lost. Greet that stranger at supermarket, start up a conversation with that person at the bar (man or woman)! Not only could you meet a potential best friend, you’ll get a whole new perspective on how the other half lives in this big, blue marble we call “Earth”.