Digital life


I’m on Bloglovin now, so this should be fun. I’ve noticed that many blogs use the Bloglovin’ site to stream their favourite blogs into one reader, including both WordPress and blogspot. That is pretty cool, since there are many wonderful blogs out there apart from WordPress to read from. This also helps in not bothering with email notifications, which is pretty awesome.

It’s amazing how many social media platforms there are to choose and grow from. Just when you think you are set in your niche area, there is another cool app or site that makes the job even easier, or simply supports it. From Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Google+, Bloglovin’, Pinterest, blog, Reddit, Snapchat, Vine, Flickr; the list never ends. There are endless ways to connect and share data and thoughts, that is it easy to get overwhelmed in its surplus content. Maybe this is we also do a social media cleanse, along side the spring cleaning closet cleanse, body cleanse, friends list cleanse. Cleanses are the way to stay afloat from all this information to stay in touch and connect.

Whether you love it or deny it, this is our world now. A world of popular pages, trending topics and privacy invasions. We ask for your Facebook page before we ask for your number. Before an employer calls your recommendation, they check your digital presence. Before you go on a date with someone, you screen their whole life on Facebook and Instagram. This is our present and it seems that everyone is reaching to connect to it now. No one wants to read the fine print. If this is a good thing or not, I can’t tell. Some might say this is a phase, well, I’m sure most thought about the industrial revolution the same way and here we are.

This digital revolution is ongoing, and thrilling, yet we are slowing experiencing the consequences of it as well. From celebrity picture leaks turning into a horrifying display of privacy and consumer protection, to open conversation over the war in the middle east on Twitter. This influx of information is so fast, and interesting to see how the response ranges from complete ignorance to a title of traitor when wikileaks empties the dirty laundry.

 

Detoxing your life


Not only is to clean out the physical items around you, but clean out the emotional boxes too. I find this quote by Meryl Streep to be very inspiring in this case.

 

 

I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience

Food for thought maybe?

Ramble & Co


So many thoughts, all jumbled in my mind,
What do I want, what do I do,
Am I suppose to go down this path, or forge my own,
So many rules, so many boundaries,
Living within can be a blessing yet so caged, so caged, so caged that I’m trapped.
What to do?
Where to go?
How far can you escape?
Where to run and hide?
Am I ready for this. Is my mind jumping to conclusions that need not be jumped to.
Is it that big of a deal or am I accustomed to my own company.
To spread my wings against the bars, against the rules, against what the path has set.
I wonder, will I fly?

Cheers to that!


IMG_3503Imagine my surprise when I saw this come up as a notification!

200 followers!?

Following my little wee blog!?

Golly, Thank you guys!

Thank you for reading this little space on the internet and finding my posts interesting and wonderful. I started this blog as a way to talk to the universe about my ramblings, and its nice to know that the universe likes it too. Through this blog I made some really cool friends and found some amazing bloggers.

I hope you continue to like the random travel posts, the smooth life, and the ever changing theme layout :)

Learning to travel without wifi


mob addicti

I may be addicted to my data/internet on my phone. Is it a first world problem? Yes, definitely. I don’t feel the need to use my phone as much when I’m in India for example, but in ‘first world countries’ such as the USA and Europe? Yes, please and thank you.

Connecting to my online life is so crucial that one doesn’t realize how dependent they really are. Try walking around New York without wifi. You soon realize that: oh you need to check google maps for what’s around you, never mind the fact that you have a list of cafés and bistros you wanted to check out, or you need to tweet an observation or Instagram your lunch (true story bro), or just whatsapp your mom about a cool dress.

While it’s great that main public areas offer wifi to travellers, and I can sideline the possible privacy and data research invasions while I refresh Instagram and check Facebook; it makes me wonder: while it’s great that this online connection makes me feel less homesick and FOMO is out the window, is this a healthy way to travel in terms of exploring what’s around you?

I really noticed this when we were taking the bus into the city. Now this bus offered free wifi to it’s clients but it wasn’t working right. I was instead forced to put my phone away and look out the window and watch the Manhattan skyline form. What a novel idea: put your phone down.

Sometimes in our excitement, we forget that we need to experience with our physical biological senses, not only with our technological senses.