Necessary Luxuries

So, I’m tired of posting “Daily Post ___” as my titles, so though I will continue posting from “The Daily Post” blog, I’ll try to give some relevancy of the subject in the title. Sound good?

Topic #211:

What’s one “luxury” you refuse to live without?

Response

I had my students answer a variation of this last year. After they had each responded, they asked me what my answer was. I looked at them and asked if any of them could guess my answer. Many of them did on their first try. It’s rather obvious, I’m pretty sure. If you spend any extended period of time with me, you’d know the answer too. It’s my computer. I’ve had a computer and my very own e-mail address since I was 10. It has been an invaluable tool, and a crazy distraction, for the greater part of my life, and I don’t know what I’d do without it. I used it to research and write lesson plans, mostly researching because I had no idea what I was doing on my own. I use it for my leisure time, to watch shows and gather information on what is happening in the world. I have used it to find roommates, to look up more information about people, both contact information and other information that reveals itself in the typical manner of internet stalking. In the last year, I have definitely appreciated the ability the computer gives me to keep in touch. Moving is difficult for me. No matter how much I know or don’t know about what is happening in my life, it’s always hard to pick up from one place and move to another that I know will eventually feel like home, but not at the offset. I’m in that place again, and I know that I will be so happy to be able to skype/e-mail/facebook with people when I move next week.

Maybe its the possibility of connectivity that I feel is the luxury I cannot live without. I want to remember that even if I am independently moving about the state or country, that there is still something stable in the relationships that I have developed in all of my places of residence that endures beyond the time that I am there. In reality, I could live without my computer. It would be a very different life that would force me to dwell in the present for what it is, to enjoy the relationships around me in the moment as opposed to those that I have fostered for years, but maybe that would be a good thing. I’m giving myself over to a year of service, and I’m pretty sure part of that means denying myself some luxuries that I’m accustomed to. My room was gutted today in preparations for the grand event where we see what kind of life I can give myself by packing one car full. That test is yet to come, but until I pass it, I’ve got a few more days here in one place to disconnect from my computer and embrace the people in my “real” life.

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