I’ve been writing with the Freedom Ap lately. It has a lovely butterfly icon on your desktop
But the main thing is that it blocks your internet for an amount of time you determine when you press start.
Here’s what I have discovered since I installed this thing.
I thought I was quite good anyway at not getting distracted.
But it turns out I’m not as good as I thought.
Each time I set freedom for an hour or two.
At least a few times an hour I try and check my email or look something up on google!
It is pointing out to me just how accustomed I have come to being able to access information at the click of a button.
I’m lamenting this, though access to information brings untold benefits. Because it also takes things away.
For example When I was 19 I went to live in a village in rural Eastern Zimbabwe for a year.
While I was there I helped out in a school.
I had no email yet, nor mobile phone
I felt I had left my life (the one that I knew then) and, for a period of time, lived a different one
We had cassette tapes, Sade and Massive Attack went round and round I remember
We cooked with a funny little two ringed stove mostly using the green kale that was growing around the thatched bungalow we’d been given to stay in.
We used to climb the mountain behind the house and look out at the mountains and valleys and we never once check our texts or worried about our email.
We wrote letters yes and people wrote back to us. I still have many of the ones I received.
In letters I get to consider your message in a way I often don’t with the super speed of emails and text.
Now this isn’t where I say I want a world without technology or a step back in time,
I love that technology now allows me to be connected to people on other continents most days of the week
It’s made our world feel smaller and I hope in time it will help shake things up and make it fairer and more sustainable
(though right now that’s just a hope of course, not a certainty at all. There are many other possibilities for the future reality of our planet).
But what I will say looking back on a childhood that largely pre-dated new technology (with the exception of the weird tortoise thing we had that you could programme at our school) is that I’M SO GLAD I had the chance to experience what it was like before. It gives me a memory of a life lived more fully in the moment that I can use as a touchstone and reminder when I realise I’ve interrupted my writing (that thing that’s so important to me) to check another text.
Most messages will wait and many would be better (like old letters) more considered.
I learnt this again yesterday the hard way when I sent a message about someone to them by mistake!
Very little needs to distract us from the life and work we truly want to have.
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