Whilst some people idolize technology for the technology itself (and go berserk if it breaks), the truth is there is actually a different kind of relationship here that yearns for conscious attention (though I’m not referring to “her“).
In keeping with my usual positive thinking/spiritual approach to life, this post is an ode to a piece of technology that has journeyed with me through various life experiences that I’ve been able to document with it, and create anew from. It is also an invitation for you to check in with how you relate to the technology you use, and to be grateful for what it offers. I’ve summed mine up with a short letter:
Dear Early 2008 24” iMac,
In six months you would have been considered “vintage” in the Mac world, but alas your logic board began to faint, taking with it your magic as you stretched for more time to make one final backup… Whilst I teetered between trying to fix you (paying more in the long run) and letting you go to Mac Heaven (which I decided to do), I fondly remember you now as my shiny, faithful sidekick:
As a newly arrived Spaniard in Vancouver, you helped me settle into a fabulous life there while I figured out my bigger design and purpose in life. You doubled up as my creative tool and my TV when I didn’t have cable.
You travelled via FedEx to meet me in LA when I arrived there, not knowing what to do because I couldn’t figure out how to stay in Canada and Life had (somewhat painfully) said I needed to be somewhere else.
You hopped around West Hollywood with me as I started a new life from the ground up, shed some of my past, and proudly helped me design my first niki owl book.
You recently hopped on a moving truck to meet me in Forth Worth (Texas y’all??) and helped me design another book about Love that’s coming out in February, while I continue to write the adventures of niki owl.
And now, I must let you go my friend, one month shy of 5 years since I left my homeland and precisely the day Mac celebrates 30 years. I’d say you’ve come full circle with me finding and co-creating the purpose I’d been seeking.
Thank you for the fun times, the vastness of your screen that made looking at things so much more delightful, and for being so damn sexy (because good design & good technology are sexy).
Thank you for your service, dear iMac. And thank you for the memories.
See the Gift in every situation…
When you’re in a similar situation with a device, do you blindly go into a panic or stress over the perceived loss of having put “all your life on it”… or do you choose to honour the experiences you’ve had that it supported you in documenting and sharing with others? How easy is it for you to let things go?
(and thankfully, we make backups of our intellectual property that we can share for others to make their own memories with)
As for me, yes I’ll miss the big screen… but I have my trusty laptop, and on the flip side I now have more space on my desk to write on paper, which I love (ya, I still do that).
Keep creating, no matter what,
How do you choose to see technological challenges in your life? Share your comments below or on Facebook.