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Self Deprivation and the Hindsight Factor

4 Aug

So, hindsight is 20/20. We all know that, and gosh darn if ignorance isn’t bliss. We must have all experienced this: you discover something that is so life-changing that you cannot imagine how you ever lived without it. Of course it can work the opposite way as well: you could discover something and wish you could go back to living without it. These things certainly have a way of jumping up and surprising us in the nastiest way possible, and then we long for that ignorance: that sunny drive to the doctor’s office for that routine check up, or that day several years back before you realized that your favorite store employs child labor.

These changes can be minute or grand. They can be meaningful or superficial. Lately I have been experiencing a mixture of both. There is the birth of my daughter, OF COURSE. And that goes without saying to be the supreme grand-daddy best-in-show titan of life changers. And I couldn’t be happier.

Here are some other, more superficial things I couldn’t be happier about:

A smart phone. I didn’t have a cell phone at all. Eeeeevery one else had one but me. I held out and so did my husband. We wore our cell phone free labels with PRIDE. (I may have even strutted once or twice after I talked about it. Tossed my hair in a haughty holier than thou fashion.) But the phones just started getting cooler and cooler. And my husband likes his gadgets. So he started drooling in the store windows (you know, the ones on the internet – so the monitor screen clean up got to be a bitch). And then I got pregnant, so we realized that the phones were now a necessity. So we went from no phones to smart phones with unlimited data.

Although I hardly ever use mine for actual phone calls.

OH HOLY HECK. It seriously only took me three days before I was wondering how I lived without texting. And Twitter. Seriously? I didn’t understand that phenom before I had a phone. Now I am hooked. And my husband’s phone is even cooler, because I can talk at it and tell it to find a Starbucks, and it will download my global position, find the nearest Starbucks locations and map them for me. All within 20 or 30 seconds. I deprived myself of this little tech-y beauty for way too long.

Air Conditioning. Speaking of Twitter…those of you who follow me on there will have seen the saga: Multiple power outages (4) over the course of 3 days. And then the power just stayed off. For almost two days. During a massive heat wave. And since we have the baby we needed to at least run a fan. So we spent a few days with my in-laws with their air-conditioning. And then the power came back on and I realized just how CRAPPY our air was. So I investigated and it turns out it was broken. And since it was a Saturday night and we couldn’t get a repair guy out till Monday, we went back to the in-laws for the weekend.

So on Monday, the guy came out and repaired our central air. And within 1/2 hour, 45 minutes, the house went from 86 and muggy to a downright chilly 80 degrees. LOVE.

Oh, and did I mention that the air has been broken for years? We thought it was just an old system, because it still blew out some air that was somewhat cool, but that’s it. So all those years we had been depriving ourselves of real  a/c.

What are some of the things that you can’t live without? What is that you deprived yourself of but now you can’t remember what life was like before?

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