Greetings guys and gals on this hectic Monday. I’ve been hacking away at computer work all morning taking breaks in between to chat with some people on Facebook and Twitter. Sincerely, this activity has become quite enjoyable for me. A few years ago I never saw myself swimming in the online sea but now I relish the daily dip. In the last few months of bonding with my office desktop, I’ve reconnected with many family members and friends You know, the people you care about but tend not to make the extra effort to reach out to. Sometimes it’s just a simple phone call or text, but for some reason, you’re not sure what to say, you can’t be bothered or you’re just not in the mood.
You will probably have established a very strong bond with certain people in your life. The next time you see them, you will be able to chat casually as if space and time was never between you. That person hasn’t changed at all even if they actually have. You have also gone through your own transformations and you hope they will understand the ‘new you’ the next time the two of you get to see each other. You can both chat like you’ve never left each other’s side Two peas-in-a-pod to put it simply.
But more often than not, people enter and exit your life as swift as the day goes by. You’re lucky sometimes to exchange a few thoughts, drink a couple drinks or find them on Facebook before you never see them again. My new duties as a VJ have politely shown me new perspectives on how to acclimate the digital world into my daily life for the purpose of maintaining and nurturing relationships. Online responsibilities have gone beyond just work. No matter how insignificant it might seem to cruise the timelines and see what your family and friends are doing, I like to think it is in some way making an effort to be closer to them.
When someone you know or who may know you posts a message announcing a wedding or engagement, quotes a phrase that made them laugh or Tweets a picture of a sunset, they are in a way reaching out to you, sharing something that made them stop and think. I don’t know the long term significance of clicking ‘like’ on a status or picture or responding with a cliché reply (Happy Bday!), but I’d like to think (as many of you would) that you’re reaching back to them. It’s quite simple to say family and friends are priorities but taking action by playing just a tiny, insignificant role in a friend’s life is much better than doing nothing at all. It may not always be easy but making the effort is worth it in the end.
And so, with all the melancholy behind me, I’m stretching myself beyond my perceived limits. I never imagined riding the technological wave but I’m typing as fast and to as many people as my four fingers will allow me. I’ve gone from a numeric pager with a gold chain in High School to 6 mobiles with countless photos, functions and apps. I text. I talk. I send. I surf. I rip. I receive. I wait. I complain. I restart. I remove the battery and put it back. I walk. I run. I Facebook. I Tweet. I MySpaced. I Friendstered. I daydream. I drive. Sometimes all at once. So now when I say, “I’ll keep in touch”, I really mean it.
I am however, in urgent need of a typing class.