An Entire Day Without Electricity
For most people living in the industrialised world, electricity is one of the basic necessities. Electricity has become so ingrained with our everyday lives, that it is difficult to imagine living without it. This article explores what an ordinary day would look like in the life of a regular person if there suddenly were no electricity available for an entire day. Morning
Unless you are lucky enough to wake up when the sun rises or you have a rooster in your backyard, then getting out of bed to get to work in time could prove to be your first ordeal of the day. Without smart phones or alarm clocks to wake you up in the morning, you would have to rely on your internal clock to wake you up in the morning hours. Once up and ready to face the day, you head to the bathroom to clean your teeth, and have a shower. Only, you are in for a rather shocking surprise when the water in the shower hits you; there is only cold water available. As the water in the shower is heated by electricity, many people would be in for an energising cold shower had they no electricity.
Feeling shaken, yet perhaps somewhat invigorated after the shower incident, you head to the fridge for some breakfast supplies, only to discover that your milk is warm and your favourite bacon has turned into a new life form. Refrigerators having been the breakthrough in food preserving, without electricity people are not able to enjoy heat-sensitive food products on an everyday basis. Surely a nice, hot cup of coffee would make you forget about the troubles of the past thirty minutes? You run to the coffee machine with the promise of an aromatic cup of coffee in your mind, but realise there would be no coffee for you today. As coffee machines require electricity as well, the daily dose of coffee is a mere dream. Day
Although no one wants to live too far from their workplace, today is the day you truly feel the distance between your home and work. As cars, trains, trams and subways will not be running today, you are left with a few options; walk to work, ride a bicycle to work or in a freak stroke of luck spot a lost pony and ride to work. Depending on the length of your journey and your mode of transportation, it could very well take you half a day to reach your workplace. Once there, and hopefully not too exhausted from the aforementioned exercising stint, you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get as much work done as possible in the remaining hours of your workday.
However, if you work in an office, it might hit you at some point that there is not much you can do without electricity. You cannot fire up your computer or make phone calls. You are unable to write up that important sales report that was meant to be sent to the CEO today. Feeling the sweat forming on your brow, you end up grabbing a piece of paper and a pencil and scribbling down the sales report by hand, hoping that the CEO does not mind your messy handwriting. In the modern workplace, be it an office, a café or a cinema, most of the work done involves some form of electricity. Many of the jobs would be obsolete in their current forms were there no electricity supply. Evening
After the taxing day, you head back home and dream of simply being able to kick back and relaxing for the rest of the evening. You commute back home by either cycling, walking or riding the pony you caught in the morning, and get ready to hit the couch. But wait, perhaps some dinner before? Remembering the issues you faced this morning, you grab from the fridge whatever has not melted yet, and prepare yourself a luxurious five star dinner consisting of toast and warm juice. You look anxiously forward to some primetime television while looking for the remote controller, but realise to your disappointment that no electricity also means no TV shows. Feeling a bit lost, you grab a book in a determined attempt to relax while having dinner. Sadly, however, the sun has already set and due to the absence of electricity, you cannot turn the lights on. Defeated, you sit in the dark eating your toast with a newly found appreciation for electricity.