Let's think about this. It seems only several years ago when computers started doing intelligent labor for us, only a short time since mobile phones became a popular form of communication, and only very recently since the internet has, so to speak, broken the world. Really though, ever since the internet came to its existence, practically every conservative tradition has gone berserk, and everything progressive and alternative is practically "in" before it became an officially accepted way of life of the upcoming generation. Some people love the change, some people choose to hate it.

Yes, the Internet is a significant factor of "juvenoia," and I can totally understand why. When you look at and hear stories of people who lived before technology became available for public and recreational use, you hear that their lives were as interesting, as meaningful, and as colorful as ours are now. You don't hear stories of how people hate their lives because they didn't have Internet, obviously because people made the most of what is available to them. Similarly, the millennial generation makes the most of what is available to them in this world too: technology.

But with the flux of technology comes, a change in forms of intelligence. Today, most people don't take the time to "stop and look at the flowers," but instead, they hurry through life doing as much and thus, the exploration is shallow. With the rise of instantaneous technological amenities in which you can entertain yourself to whatever you want comes a multi-tasking and surface-analyzing mindset. In essence, skills for deep analysis and appreciation for the little things are a rarity nowadays.

This summer, I have spent more than one week at a place without cell service or Internet. At first, it was tough -- the feeling of being isolated from the daily bustle of the rest of the world bothered me. As I came to accept my situation, though, I have made the most of my situation and made that opportunity as a life lesson to appreciate the little things in life. Instead of spending my time on the internet, I took my time to talk to my co-workers, exercise, learn Latin dances, check off points in my bucket list, explore areas, and even figure out my optimal sleeping schedule. I have definitely improved myself in so many ways -- socially, physically, and spiritually -- and I have definitely come to amazement at how beautiful our Earth is. What was supposed to be a dreadful week turned out to be one of the most beneficial weeks of my life, introspectively. I absolutely loved it.

So, I challenge you. Take the time to stop and "look at the flowers." You'll be amazed.