Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time, time, time, see what's become of me

It's pretty interesting how the circumstances in one's life can change so dramatically in such a short time. Short is relative, of course, but in the almost-two months since my previous post, I can barely recognize the life I used to lead.

Before, the internet was the most important thing in my day. Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, this blog, all my news feeds... that took up a lot of time, and yet it was very typical that I was all caught up with everything before lunchtime. I would then poke around for most of the rest of the day, talking to recruiters, working on various computer-related projects, but always in front of the machine, or close to it. I spent some time each day, possibly several hours, in Second Life, sometimes visiting with my friends, sometimes just exploring.

Now, just a couple short months later, my days are dramatically different. I moved to a new apartment. I began culinary school. I started seeing someone, and that relationship has blossomed quickly into something very special. The biggest change has been that I am rarely even in front of a computer any longer. Strangely enough, I don't especially miss it. I do miss the relationships that I have formed via the various social sites that used to fill my days. I feel like I'm neglecting those people - that I'm not being a very good friend. For a while, I did try to keep up with my Twitter people, but the traffic was just too fast, especially since I was only able to read at most once per day. If there's one thing I regret, it has been the loss of those connections.

I wonder sometimes what has made the transition from techno-nerd to a relatively tech-free existence so seamless. Perhaps the great number of other drastic changes in such a short time helped; there was so much going on, it was hard to focus on the changes in any one specific area.

Sometimes it feels like my old life is being completely erased. I feel like I'm even losing a little contact with some of the people in my day-to-day existence.

One thing that I've said to others in the past is that when one door closes, another opens. Perhaps this is just a series of doors closing and opening up for me all at the same time. Only time will tell how everything will turn out.