Star Wars everywhere!
I like voluptuous ladies, and midnight snacks. ‘Nuff said
This image hit me like a ton of bricks, and I instantly connected to it. Its jumbled, twists and turns of wires only reminded me of the electronic and virtual connection between us all.
It is funny how I can love a friend so dearly, that I have never, ever met but yet sit next to someone on a bus and all but ignore them as I tap on my 5.25 inch mobile screen. As much as this ever-expanding digital world has connected us and drawing us together, introducing us to people and events we otherwise would have never had the chance to meet and experience, it has at the same time pushed us physically apart, from our everyday real world lives. Joyous births and sorrowful passings are readily and quickly announced on social media as well as all the wonderful and tragic events in between.
The only constant in this world is change, and the only thing that can stop a people is progress. we have long since passed the point of no return, as each of us had become entangled in our own personal wired web.
As I took the picture, it led me to think that although it has been a staple of neighborhoods across the country for ages, it is getting very little use these days. As many people have turned to email, text messaging and other forms of electronic communication, the tried-and-true mailbox is getting less and less personal use. As creditors and other bill collectors offer virtual payment due notifications as well as online and mobile payment systems, the mailbox stands basically as a pretty symbol. It has stood the test of time and weathered the storm, but there’s one thing that old-world items cannot stand against: the unbelievable force of the Digital Age.
The one institution that is taking it squarely on the chin is the U.S. Postal System. The look, feel and thrill of receiving an actual letter, is all but forgotten these days. With Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook waving the banner of our everyday lives, few if any people sit down and create an actual letter. However, I personally have one. My dear friend, Katherine, takes the time, effort and love to send me a postcard from wherever in the world she may be, as close as her home in Colorado or as far as her new adventure in Japan. And in that, my love and caring for her is anything but virtual.
Take a good look. We’ve all seen this before, though we rarely recognize it when so plainly put. A choice. Pure and simple. Left or right, up or down, job or college… right or wrong. Each and every day of our lives is filled with choices. Some so little we barely notice, and yet subconsciously do. And some so large and frightening that we freeze in our tracks, and do nothing. But choose we must, and choose we will. So, choose wisely.