Friday Two Cents: When The Lights Might Go Out



This past week a large storm passed through Toronto and knocked out the power to large portions of the city and Mississauga.  I too was without power for a couple of days and I can tell you I realized how much of our lives is dependent on electricity.  Well at least my life.

It wasn’t the first time when we didn’t have power.  I remember back in 2003 when large parts of the east coast was without power.  We had to do without for a couple of days then too, but this time it was different and this instance also gave me something too. 

Just like the black out of 2003, I was prepared with my camping equipment and other essentials.  I knew this wasn’t going to last too long so I made the most of it.  I cleaned, read and got things done.  However, this time I was a bit more distracted about the loss of power. 

Currently I am studying at the university and trying to finish an upgrade to my degree and go to teacher’s college.  The majority of the courses are online and I need my computer to post discussions, do research and write papers.  With two days without power I had been putting off things for the courses.  I started getting jittery about getting online and doing the work. 

Imagine, ten – twenty years ago, courses where in class and you had to do research the old-fashioned way, go to the library.  Now you can do the same thing at home.  I had to go to the local Tim Horton’s and Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi and power outlets.  Sign of the times I guess. 

But the time did make me reflect about doing without power once in a while.  I do enjoy camping but I haven’t done it in some time.  Also I enjoyed reading a real book instead of one on an electronic device.  It seemed more real that way. 

I guess the modern world is a glow with electricity and we all want and enjoy our modern comforts.  But it is nice to put those things aside and just do without.  To get back to the basics as it were.

I said the power outage gave me something, Perspective.  Depending on what you are comfortable with, you can adapt more easily.  I was use to the power being there because I needed it for school.  It was a little unnerving without it.  Perhaps we and I need to be more thankful for what we/I have, to be more adaptable, because you never know when the lights might go out.



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