Work used to be done when the building closed.
Study time used to end when the library shut.
For most, TV watching ended when nothing but infomercials were on.
Pre-internet and even pre-smartphone, the world closed at certain hours. The institutions ALLOWED us to shut off. It’s weird to use the word “allowed” in that context, but for many it’s true. The feeling that overwhelming amounts of knowledge is out there. The people we follow, the information we desire, our future opportunities, our family, our country, it’s all out there generating new data constantly and if we don’t keep up with it, we won’t know how to operate in our world.
Of course, thousands of years of history show that humans operated just fine even when news was delayed by weeks for delivery, and family members living 50 miles apart could only communicate by letters. The problem here is the human capacity for curiosity which is both a blessing allowing us to invent technologies and make everyday easier in civilized life, but also a curse in which it must be satisfied. Undoubtedly, there is a new tension created between our endless curiosity and the always on availability of new things.
I’ve mentioned a few times that technology is going to displace the new normal, here are my most recent posts about that:
Well, along with those thoughts, it’s easy to think we’ll break this tension, that we’ll start with our screenplay as soon as we digest all available information on screenwriting, or we’ll launch or business soon as we read everything available on marketing, finance, and sales. The reality is compared to the past, the volumes of those are seemingly infinite in measure compared to the human lifespan, especially if you consider that Artificial Intelligence is starting to write its own volumes. In the short-term of a day, it’s time to pick a clocking off time, a time to rest, to know you’ve done enough, been entertained, and are satisfied. In the long-term, it’s time to pick a jumping off point. The point that you know you are learned enough, skilled enough and have enough wind behind you that doing that thing that scares you has great odds of success.
Semisonic had a great point, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Put down the phone, stop the information overload, allow yourself to relax because there is another chance tomorrow.