2011: Pass Or Fail?

The world at your fingertips. Literally. As I sit here sipping espresso and typing from my wireless keyboard, I am becoming more inspired by the power that’s behind it. My Grandmother is convinced the web is a tool of the Devil, but she also didn’t like me wearing black fingernail polish or lighting incense in the house when I lived with her. I love her, but she is “satan sensitive”, if you will.

But, back to my point.

Is February done already? This year is flying by! And it just keeps getting faster. I made this status update on Facebook a little while ago: Cristalle Bowen is fascinated by 2011, so far! The comments I got varied greatly. Some people have dealt with great sadness this year, and some people are seeing themselves come through tragedy and over to the other side. In any case, people are definitely going through a lot of changes, and a lot of information is being generated as a result.

As soon as my eyes open in the morning, I instinctively reach for a device. I naturally have a cell phone, but I also own an IPAD, and I have my work desktop. This means I have surrounded myself with enough technology to keep me plugged into the matrix until I die, or I blow a fuse, or somehow have my WiFi connection interrupted; whichever happens first.

Between trying to update statuses on networking sites, corresponding with collaborators, listening to music, consuming current events/video/culture/fashion and porn, spending time online can be a full time job, and it is, for many people. And like I just said, as soon as I wake up, I reach for a device to tell me what’s going on out there in the real world.

That’s kind of a mind fuck, if you’ll excuse the French. I literally reach for a device, to take me to a virtual world, and give me information on everything, from the completely imagined and abstract, to the actual, physical, “real” world. That is, if I can control the urge to do so.

I’ve been trying to keep myself from abusing the Internet, because who needs another unhealthy addiction? This isn’t to say I won’t be online. That’s absolutely preposterous. What I am saying is that when I wake up in the morning, I am going to try not to touch the Internet for about an hour, unless there’s some emergency (you know, like Justin Bieber’s new hair cut :).

There is so much information out there, and it usually comes to us all at once. I think we have to learn how to embrace it, consume it, and most importantly, not be consumed by it.

I read somewhere recently that everyone is a critic on Twitter. I believe this is true, and not only for Twitter. To define, critics are merely appraisers. They share their opinions on art, or whatever. They can also be non-supporters or even opponents. That kinda sums up most of the people I encounter on blogs, networking sites and even in the comments on the bigger news and world-related websites. Right now, I am critiquing the Internet. Right now, somebody’s critiquing me.

So let’s make sure we critique the information. Know this year will be filled with surprises, tragedies, triumphs and progress, and we’ll always have something to criticize. We’ll always find something to talk about. Let’s try and separate the real from the false, the insightful from the idiotic, the food from the McNuggets. In other words, let’s cut the crap.

At least that’s what I plan to do. One of my goals is to promote the consumption of quality goods and moderation of sinful indulgences. I am embracing this in all facets of my lifestyle and entertainment.

I have even started a new morning ritual. I mentioned on Twitter the other day that I bought a new blender. It’s been changing my world for about a week now, and I haven’t stopped looking up recipes and tasty healthy smoothies and drinks. So now instead of waking up and instantly plugging in, I do something healthy for myself.

Sounds lame? Trust me, it isn’t. It’s fucking fun, and the seemingly infinite combinations of fruits, veggies, supplements and herbs you can blend into a drink appeals to the Scientist in me.

So now, I get up, turn on some music, and I indulge in a healthy morning ritual. I make sure there are no emergencies on my cell phone, and I resist the Internet for about an hour. That’s when I raid the fridge and freezer for yummy treats to blend. After that, I’m ready for any world shockers that may come my way……

What’s in YOUR blender?

Psalm One shares her new blender-happy daily ritual and reflects on the role that technology plays in our lives.
Current Smoothie Recipe: A few Icecubes, 1 handful of Spinach, 1 tbsp. Organic Maple Syrup (to sweeten), 1 large Kiwifruit, 4 large Strawberries, 1 cup frozen pineapple and a little OJ to loosen…

Holla at me in the comments! Leave your twitter handle there to keep the conversation going!

How is 2011 for you? Have you made any changes in your life for the better? What is your morning ritual?

You can also share your favorite smoothie recipes, I’ll try them and let you know what I think!

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