Pure Imagination

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

I think it is funny that this post is called “life after blogs” because I was computer-less when I started my blog so I feel like this would be the reverse.  I am more familiar with life without a computer than I am with one.

My parents were strict Catholic/Islander parents and by today’s standards many would have called me “sheltered.”  Actually many people did call me sheltered.  In some ways it wasn’t a bad thing.

I was a goodie goodie child who never broke the rules and it kept me on track and out of trouble.  The trouble with all of this was that when I went out into the BIG Bad world, I struggled to have my own opinion.  I had spent my entire life doing the “right things” rather than doing what I believed to be right.

I was not raised with technology and throughout highschool used a computer only for the word processor.  I thought there was an art to paging through an actual book rather than looking online.  The internet was dangerous and could corrupt me…  At least that was what I was told.

I bought my 1st laptop when I was 17 and hardly knew how to use it, but it came in handy when I left for college.  When I was 19 my abusive ex destroyed it and I didn’t get another computer until I was 26.

Rewinding a little bit…  I had even gone to a college that had a strict technology policy.  We were not allowed to have cellphones at all, no ipods on campus, and no personal internet in our apartments.  Being the new rebel that I was I learned how to access a shared network from my bedroom, but I got written up by the dean when one of the other students ratted me out.

So I spent the next 7 years without a computer.  It made applying to jobs more difficult.  Now looking back I wonder how I ever did it.

Before my computer, I never understood the exact appeal of Netflix and youtube.  And email seemed so impersonal.

I used to hangout and meet with friends more often before I got a computer.

Now I honestly cannot imagine life without it especially not as a college student.  It is such a helpful and valuable resource with an unending wealth of knowledge and support.

I think that the only way I would give up my computer would be if I chose to travel the world or live in a place that does not have good internet reception.  But if I traveled the world, I would still want access to a  computer so that I could share my adventures with you on my blog.

One thing I know for sure is that if you do not have a computer you MUST have  a big imagination.

What do you think? Can you imagine life without a computer?  Comment below to share!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana

7 thoughts on “Pure Imagination

  1. I don’t think I could ever live without a computer – especially in today’s world. However, if I would be blessed with kids of my own, I would definitely TRY and limit their internet/technology/computer time. 🙂

  2. I cannot imagine my life without my computer. in this generation when everything is moving towards being completely technology enabled and oriented, how can you live without your computer. One should learn how to be dependent and not-dependent of it on their own, by putting a plan on when to use it and when not too. These days you see children and adults who cannot put down their device even for a minute.

    1. I agree! Especially now as a student I depend on my computer and technology so heavily as a resource. I often wonder how people were able to do it before without technology. It is amazing what tools we have at our fingertips. It makes it possible to learn anything and everything.
      I think creating a “technology schedule” is a good idea. Yeah, I think it is so sad to see people attached to their devices even in the company of others 😦
      Thanks for reading and offering your insights 🙂
      ❤ Alana

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