Only recently, a whole new world opened for me to peer into, one of digital nomads, writing, marketing and promoting, branding and so on, an exciting, all-consuming fresh and fun new world.
I want in. I want to spend my days writing, working free-lance on my own time, with the ability to work from wherever and whenever I want. To see the world through renewed eyes, one that is not rushing between classes, or working through sick days, or staring at measly paychecks at the end of the month that just can’t be right (it always is).
This new view has got me thinking a lot about working, the future of our current industries and the number of jobs that weren’t even possible 10 years ago, and what’s yet to come.
Looking back, who would have thought that a social media marketer was a must-have for any major or minor company, that machines could do the filing or that people could make money while constantly moving around, settling and unsettling.
Who would have thought that a laptop was the only work environment needed? Who would have thought that we could go into a shop, or a fast food restaurant, or even the airport, and not speak to a single human?
Every day people zoom through automated passport control or self-swipe items at a till, order food on a machine and speak to automated voices on the phone, without one single real interaction. No colleagues, no staff, no face to face communication.
Is that what the future will be?
Will the future be laptop-filled cafes with robots as servers and people tapping away endlessly, branding, selling and making money?
Nobody wants an old-fashioned lifestyle anymore, and I don’t blame them. Why become a taxi-driver, a policeman, even a doctor, when you can unlock your creativity, become multifaceted and sell your best asset – yourself?
Are we improving at such a rate that we can’t keep up with millennials and generation z who are constantly told to follow their dreams and do whatever makes them happy?
What if all our versions of happiness are the same and there is simply not enough to go around?
As humans, don’t we always want the easy way out, the quick money and the fast success, the instant gratification?
Social media and advancing technologies original intention to connect us more has evidentially backfired and left us more alone and less socially interactive than ever.
We are overwhelmed by campaigns for Mental Health Awareness Month (May) and government funding for mental health care is increasing, and programmes that reach out to the lonely are rife. Everywhere you turn there is a movement toward making us happier, more active and fulfilled.
But isn’t the real devil, our phones? Our televisions, our laptops? Our so-called ‘Social’ media? The blue light has pushed us into a vegetative state of greed, comparison, and self-berating.
We are at a crossroads of life, technology, occupation, and safety.
We have missed a step, gone overboard, created and consumed more than we need, more than the planet can handle, and still, we want more. More food, more money, more technology. More ease and more laziness.
We have been socialised to believe that the future is a life of luxury, contentment and one without want. We will have everything we need at the touch of a button, from the comfort of our own home. Food and clothes delivered, paychecks received, online interactions; without seeing a person in reality and without moving one foot from our apartment door.
There’s still time to stop. To stop this high-speed propelling train that we are taking to the wrong type of future.
Instead of programming robots and machines to be like us and understand us, we should be bettering ourselves first. Maybe we can learn to be happier, more content and move our reliance away from our phones and toward human interaction.
Being kinder to strangers, speaking to people without screens involved and going for a walk without any technology.
If we stopped focusing on making things easier, faster, cheaper, maybe we would be reaching out more and helping, instead of concealing ourselves behind a screen.