The Internet, in general, has made many of us appreciate being young again. YouTube allows us to listen to old music or watch old movies that make us feel like teenagers again. Facebook connects us with childhood friends we have lost touch with for many years. The Web practically gives us the ability and freedom to enjoy more jokes, gain more education and wisdom and read more books.
There seems to be a surge in spending more time enjoying life using technology or seeing more of our world and appreciating culture and nature, making us feel more energetic and somehow younger in our bodies and our minds. Or so it seems. We may have found the fountain of youth, especially if we consider the flood of new and old information regarding the value of organic or natural food we have neglected for so many years and which our elders considered as their staple food that made them live longer lives without the supplements or medical advantages we have today.
Maybe the ability to enjoy life is the secret we may have lost in our rush to build modern civilizations that isolate people from their natural roots and their normal connection to the simple and good things in life. By that, we mean work, especially the mechanical or tedious tasks we do daily, has destroyed our innate desire and propensity to savor every moment of living in the same way that birds and animals do even when they seem to be foraging for food or striving to survive.
Yes, “playing” in the Internet, whether it be doing games or “liking” viral photos or videos, may be often done on the sly during office hours or while stuck in traffic, allowing people to escape the harsh realities of existence. Yet, it still speaks much of the normal urge of all people to lighten the load that they bear on any ordinary working day. So much so that we see droves of people head out to the country on weekends or even to the mall to splurge on the happiness or recreation they missed during the entire work week.
Rest and recreation has become such a prime commodity these days that we talk of mini-vacations we can take while surfing on our smartphones or dozing off on an office sofa. Work has made us feel so old and tired that we aim to recover our youth as much as we can with as many ways we can think of, whether it through yoga, painting, a movie, biking or chatting real-time or virtually.
And many do it, not really to regain their youth consciously but simply to unwind or to be diverted from stressful living. Children used to be immune to boredom and tiredness. They had energy for endless play; lately, however, they have shown tendencies to be easily bored especially when separated from their tablets or their Play Stations. Sleep used to be their only means of rest and real recreation.
When we were young, we made our own toys and invented our own games. There was not a place for boredom or lack of real playtime – that is, playtime using our hands, feet, body and mind. People knew how to be young then. We rested to recreate once more. Today, we may have more varieties of games and toys; but we have less understanding and appreciation for remaining truly perpetually young. We rest but cannot seem to recreate ourselves, physically and emotionally. We are growing old much faster today.