If you aren’t familiar with graphene yet just know that it’s bonded carbon atoms and there have been some amazing scientific breakthroughs happening now that we’re aware of just how versatile it is and how conductive it is. Graphene batteries can accept as much charge as you can send them thus greatly reducing the amount of time needed to recharge a drained battery. A graphene battery could charge in a couple of minutes instead of hours and are far better for the environment to produce and dispose of. I could go on about how great graphene is but I just wanted to be able to use graphene batteries as a metaphor in this post and realized most people wouldn’t know what I was talking about.
When you’re a child (unless you’re sick) you have seemingly endless energy. Your internal battery has a pretty long charge and those 20 min naps can recharge you and keep you going for the rest of the day. You can go and go and go like a person who had access to a wall charger at any time and didn’t need to worry about how much charge their device’s battery had.
However, much like with any battery, as you get older you notice your charge doesn’t last as long. You need more than a 20 min nap and if you let your battery get super low you find that its charge rate drops even slower until you’re tired all the time. There’s no wall charger readily available, you only get to plug in at night and hope your battery charges enough to get you through the next day.
Some days you may get a pretty good charge (maybe as much as 80%) and you get shit done. Those are the days the errands are run and laundry may get washed. You might even be able to socially interact. Other days you’re lucky if you have 30% to work with and you need to find yourself some power packs (caffeine or equivalent) just to get through the bare minimum requirements of the day.
If you run on a low battery too long it can get overwhelming. You burn through your reserves as well and suddenly you have to budget every action all the time because if you run out before you finish your work day or before you get home the consequences could be drastic. No one wants to fall asleep while they’re driving. Maybe you consume unhealthy amounts of caffeine or energy drinks (some turn to less legal means) and that’s a temporary solution that usually ends up doing more damage. You long for the days when you never had to think about how much charge you had left. You feel like you’re failing as your house gets dirtier and your chores stack up. It gets harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning. People don’t understand why you don’t have the energy to even talk to them. Even if you take an entire weekend to sleep your battery just won’t hold its charge and no one can tell you how to fix it.
We’ve let society sell us shitty batteries while they bombard us with an endless stream of energy sucking “obligations” they tell us we can’t live happily without. We’re set up to fail and punished when we do. I don’t believe humans were meant to live like this.
If only there could be a graphene battery for our souls. A way to recharge in a couple minutes. A way to minimize the draining effects of constant stress and seemingly never-ending struggles. A new type of power pack that could replenish your reserves and get you functioning well again. I’d buy that.