I was thinking today how lucky I am to live in the computer age. When I was a little kid, I remember hating the pioneer village places we went on school trips and with parents. Life in pioneer days seemed boring, stinky, hot and unpleasant. A lot of people rave about “simpler times” and regret that they don’t live in them. Not me. Give me a cell phone, digital camera and computer any day. If I lived in the past, I wouldn’t have discovered that I’m good with computers. I wouldn’t have tried too much photography because film would have been too expensive for experimentation. I never would have learned to write music (I did that on a computer too). My circle of friends would look much different too, and it would be much more difficult to stay in touch with them. I’d probably live a boring life in a job I hated, and I’d never know why I was unhappy. I do enjoy getting away from things once in a while, going total wilderness camping deep in Algonquin park. I love the quiet balance of nature. I also like challenging myself to survive without the comforts of home. All of this makes me all the more happy to get reconnected when I return.

What’s your relationship with technology?