I just saw a water bottle that lights up intermittently to remind you to drink water,
Track your water, track your steps, track your food, track your sleep?
Since when did we become so dependent on technology to track our BASIC NEEDS? And since when did we need a tracker to teach us the importance and URGENCY of a quality life.
We’ve all gotten them before IT’S URGENT: pay your bill! IT’S URGENT: get an oil change! I guess now: IT’S URGENT drink some water. What’s next? IT’S URGENT: Breathe!
Oh wait…👆they already have that one too.
Which leads me to think;
Is the need for the next tracking device and excuse more URGENT than the that of our basic needs?
Why are we not as URGENT to prioritize our quality of life?
Do you need a tracker to remind you to care for the one life you have…just when it becomes URGENT ENOUGH?
A water bottle blinking tracker? Have you ever seen a plant that didn’t get enough water? Think about those leaves as your organs, fascial tissues, and brain. Try feeding that plant a Diet Coke, or try reacting with food to a misread thirst signal of hunger, because when you’ve deprived your body of hydration, our brain can’t think enough to ask you for a proper glass of water instead of a unfulfilling snack. If you don’t care enough about your needs and you wait till the URGENT light blinks, you’re not aware enough to care and you’re leaving your self-care up to chance. Poor nutrition cycle begins.
Calorie counter, food tracker: Track your entire day of excess just so you confirm the days you were actually consciously eating. Food… our fuel for walking, talking, exploring and overall energy becomes food… our friend in my desk drawer making up for the emptiness of teamwork and the lack of balance between work and play and the ‘boringness’ of the office shuffle. 1 potato chip, 2 potato chip 3 potato chip, bag. Well at least your fit-tracker is getting movement as you move your hand to your mouth 50 chips later.
For most of us, we are at work for the majority of our lives and most of the time we have an untapped potential for a great buddy-system and support system from people who share the same kind of days. But as long as we have our desk drawer snack friend to avoid the fear of changing the popular “work sucks” perspective, we are filled with complacency, work pressure and the illusion of being alone.
Our coworkers are our companions for most of our days, you can chose to make it pleasant and maybe even fun?! or make it half way into a bag of Doritos everyday and talk about how work sucks when you get home, dragging ‘the suck’ to damper your home atmosphere. Now I’m going to pull a SAT test question:
Food is to friend
Band-aid is to broken leg