My laptop's motherboard recently gave out on me TWICE. The first time it happened, I freaked out because I had 3 assignments due in a row in 2 week's time. It took close to 2 weeks to get it repaired, and I only got it back after my assignments were done. A very generous church Elder heard about it and lent me his laptop of which I am VERY grateful for! But I did miss my laptop very much. After all, I was very used to all the customisations of my own laptop AND the speed at which it responded.
And then, less than 1 week after I got back my 'repaired' laptop back, the SAME thing happened as the first time round!!! Fuzzy black and white screen and no response. It was THREE days before my commercial law exam! Talk about freaking out. I think I *cried*.
Fortunately for me it was under warranty, and I sent it back for yet another week. This time, I had no laptop except Dad's ancient laptop with missing keys and unresponsive keys. I discovered something during this week.
I don't think I've ever had that much EXTRA time without my laptop! Especially at nights! I just sat at my white table looking forlornly at the big empty white space which my giant laptop usually filled and thinking, "what am I going to do now?" It was only 9pm - I saw only because with my laptop I don't usually get to bed until 12-1am! It then occurred to me how much time I actually SPEND on my laptop, and then makes me wonder how much time I've actually wasted on my laptop doing things that were not necessary! Like watching movies, going on facebook, surfing the internet - I don't even know WHAT I do that takes up at least 4 hours worth every night!!! Scary!
So during that week, I went back to journalling (something that kinda dropped out my priority list once my computer came into my life) and reading! I looooved looved looooved reading! But once my computer arrived, and then later facebook intruded into my life, I somehow didn't have too much time to read PHYSICAL BOOKS. It was all ebooks that I read!
I even discovered the fun of playing with eyeshadow. :) I learnt to cook. I did the laundry. I cleaned the house. I tidied my bedroom.
So many things that I can actually do without a laptop to entertain me. SHOCK isn't it. O.o
And I think more importantly, I had more time to spend with God in the morning since I didn't have a laptop to distract me -- and there really was nothing 'better' to do!
It was quite a shock actually, to find out how much I depended on my laptop. I was even lost in class without my typed lecture notes... :O
So now that I've got my laptop back -- and that's a very TENTATIVE statement as it's currently making this high-pitch whining noise that can't bode well for the health of this baby -- I'm determined to not let this thing rule my life. I don't really want to spend the rest of my nights staring at a screen!
And yes, that kind of does mean cutting down on facebook time I guess. :)
Back to old-school journalling IN A BOOK.
Back to reading proper books.
Back to doing things people without laptops do.
And if I'm cutting down on facebook, I guess you'll see a lot more of me now, dear blog.