Updated: May 29, 2021
Complaining and Whining, non-stop about something, travelling to work, gossiping, watching too much television or playing too much video games etc etc... are the normal waste of time that pops into everyone's head. But that is not what I am talking about.
Time flies by in today's world and you have literally done nothing at all. What have you done today? Anything important? Besides getting out of bed, going to the gym, watching television, eating food? Hey the days over. Time to go back to bed. Tomorrow's another day. Got anything planned for today or is today the same as tomorrow? Is this alright with you? Am I trying to be negative?
But here, I am talking about my favorite subject writing and today's new world.
Is writing considered a waste of time in today's fast paced world of technology? Is books considered waste of paper when the majority are demanding to go paperless and they are demanding to stop cutting trees? Don't get me wrong I love plants and trees. I love greenery around me. But in a profession like mine which involves writing where paper is involved, going paperless scares me.
Some look at me and give me the a quirky look; some come outright and say it "So you spend too much time thinking about a subject?"
Some ask "Are you really successful at this? Ever thought of changing the profession?"
Well honestly I have tried getting other part time jobs, but there they asked me "You are a Technical Writer; Why do you want to change your profession now?"
Imagine me trying to come up with all sorts of answers all the time. Not really easy.
I worked mostly in the software and IT field and as Technical Writer and believe me it was no waste of time. I have enjoyed it every bit.
Other times I work as a Ghost writer trying to get ideas from peoples heads, filling in the blanks, proof reading, discussing, exchanging ideas which is also a lot of fun.
But technology has increased so much, its replacing peoples jobs, I am almost ready to say once upon a time I was a writer......
Advance in technology is good. But too much of anything is not good. I long for a time when I called to ask a question and instead of a machine and pressing lots of buttons, I actually used to get a human being answering asking me "Hello, Good Morning, How are you today? What can I help you with?" and they answered all my questions and I had relief. Now it's press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. Press 1 if you want to hear all our options, press 2 if you want to hear our timings, press 3 for directions, press 4 for making a payment. God forbid the machine didn't understand your accent,it just hung up on you. Of course it first tells you "Sorry can you repeat that" if again it can't understand you, then you hear a "Goodbye" and you waste your time all over again, making the very important call you really need to make. If you are lucky the machine will understand you this time.
Another thing I miss the most is when we used to actually go down and hand down resumes. Now everything is so automated, the HR gets so flooded with resumes they probably didn't even look at your resume and you are probably posting on their website for the fifth time. I loved the olden times (I feel like I lived in the dinosaur age) when you walked into a company, spoke to a receptionist said you were here to meet with the HR hiring manager and personally handed her your resume. I am suffering from severe nostalgia here even thinking of when we didn't have too much technology.
Now it's Kindle, blogs, all social websites to reach people. When I tell people my profession they say Oh! interesting. Do you find much work? In today's world really not easy people.They think writing is a waste of time. But I am a dreamer and passionate about my writing.
"Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination". Oliver Sacks.