Yep, I’m about to embark on a journey of techie self-discovery and discuss how our energy works in a symbiotic relationship with our computer systems.
Are you ready?
My day job as a system admin for a healthcare facility has really challenged me to view IT in a different way. There have been days where I am being paged on my way to work, called in the middle of the night, or bugged as I’m sitting down in a movie theatre. 24/7 systems need lots of love and attention!
Yet, as I’ve put out fires and reinvented the wheel to solve problems, I realized that I had grown quite attached to this constant bugging. The ego really plays into the fact that a patient somewhere is dependent upon system uptime, server speed, and application fixes. I grew to believe that without me, the hospital would come to a standstill!
Then, I went on vacation (first time away in a couple years!) Somehow, my precious babies managed to run and deliver record after record without me. I couldn’t help but check my email periodically just to make sure everything was ok. By day 5 of my vacation, I began to lose the urge to check and double-check. Really, all was well with them, and I didn’t even have to be there for them to be OK.
I relaxed. I breathed. The freedom was intense and I realized that my codependency on the ‘need’ to be ‘needed’ was causing these computer systems to respond negatively. Sometimes it takes a real vacation to realize this. This is true from all technology. When we take a moment to step back away from our smart phones, laptops, consoles, etc, we gain relief from their hold on us. Every day we should take a moment away from technology and look around at the world around you. Technology is a tool to enhance our lives but can easily become a chain which binds you.
I love my computer, my servers, my Android, my website, my [insert techie gadget here]…but they have their place and don’t overtake my life. My advice to all those workers, gamers, surfers, texters: take a couple hours off, go to the pool, take a nap, or just have fun! Your technology will thank you.