A coworker is spending the holidays with his wife and 4 daughters in a cabin in a remote area of the North Carolina mountains — without wifi or cell signals. I hyperventilate thinking about such a situation. Add 4 young daughters to the mix and my mind freezes.

How easily we have adapted to what didn’t exist not that long ago (Well, not that long ago to someone my age!), considering these once-undreamed-of luxuries as daily necessities now.

Last year, during Hurricane Irma, when we were without power for 38 hours, I missed wifi the most. I had a cell signal but without power was conserving my phone use for weather reports and texts with my daughter who was holed up with her husband and children on the other side of our city. I could live without lights or TV or other electricity-powered devices but living without power for my phone and wifi was tortuous!

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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